Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dolly reborn!

Dolly the sheep has been reborn. Four clones have been made by the scientist behind the original research.

Daily Mail image of the "Dollies"
The quads, which have been nicknamed "the Dollies", are exact genetic copies of their predecessor, who was put down seven years ago.

Named after country and western singer Dolly Parton, Dolly was created from a cell taken from a mammary gland. The rest of the sample of tissue has lain in a freezer since, until it was defrosted to make the Dollies.

Professor Keith Campbell, who keeps the Dollies as pets on land at Nottingham University, said: "Dolly is alive and well. Genetically these are Dolly."  Campbell plans to publish details about the Dollies in a scientific journal. 

The Dollies were born three-and-a-half years ago but their existence became public only recently.

Source:  Mail Online, November 30, 2010.

Read full UK Daily Mail article.

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