The first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born

Today (July 5th) in 1996, Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at the Roslin Institute in Scotland.

Originally code-named “6LL3,” the cloned lamb was named after the buxom singer and actress Dolly Parton. The name was reportedly suggested by one of the stockmen who assisted with her birth, after he learned that the animal was cloned from a mammary cell. The cells had been taken from the udder of a six-year-old ewe and cultured in a lab using microscopic needles, in a method first used in human fertility treatments in the 1970s. After producing a number of normal eggs, scientists implanted them into surrogate ewes, 148 days later one of them gave birth to Dolly.

Dolly’s birth was announced publicly in February 1997 to a storm of controversy. On one hand, supporters argued that cloning technology could lead to crucial advances in medicine, citing the production of genetically modified animals to be organ donors for humans as well as “therapeutic” cloning, or the process of cloning embryos in order to collect stem cells for use in the development of treatments for degenerative nerve diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Some scientists also looked at animal cloning as a possible way of preserving endangered species. On the other hand, detractors saw the new cloning technology as potentially unsafe and unethical, especially if it was to be applied to what many saw as the logical next step: human cloning.

Over the course of her short life, Dolly was mated to a male sheep named David and eventually gave birth to four lambs. In January 2002 she was found to have arthritis in her hind legs, a diagnosis that raised questions about genetic abnormalities that may have been caused in the cloning process. After suffering from a progressive lung disease, Dolly was put down on 14 February 2003, at the age of six.

Her early death raised more questions about the safety of cloning, both animal and human. Though Ian Wilmut, the lead scientist on the team that produced Dolly, has spoken out publicly against human cloning, its supporters are unlikely to be dissuaded. As for Dolly, the historic sheep was stuffed and is now on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

 

#Charity @vickymoore64 @CCLeicsPolice @AccOLeicsPolice are cycling 180miles for @UK_COPS

COPS has supported the families of Leicestershire Police colleagues who were killed on duty. Simon will be riding with colleagues, and some of the children of those cops, from the memorial at Leicestershire HQ to Worcester. Will ride North from Worcester through Staffordshire ready to cycle into the Arboretum on Sunday morning to attend the annual COPS memorial service.

COPS is dedicated to helping surviving families rebuild their lives after the death of a police officer on duty. It aims to provide the survivors with all the help they need to cope with such a tragedy whilst remaining part of the police family.

So far £725.00 has been raised of there £1,000.00 target
Please help them reach there target by clicking this link and kindly donating – Thank You

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Daddy’s love for his daughter

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Motorbike #Charity Ride Out In aid of @firefighters999 @shropsfire #rideout

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Until we meet again

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BB King passed away at the age of 89 One of the most awesome on-stage blues guitar performances ever

BB King passes away at the age of 89. So sad for the world! May he Rest in Peace!
One of the most Awesome On-Stage Blues Guitar Performances ever seen

#Charity Event #fundraising for @StLukesHospice @KeeDays

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