Dolly, the first clone from a mammal, died last week at the age of 6 years old.
Where were you on July 5, 1996? What did you think when you read the news about the accomplishment of Ian Wilmut Professor and Head of the Department of Gene Expression and Development at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, and his team? What is Dolly’s lasting historical significance? How does Dolly’s life change our view of humanity?
I don’t have the answers, just the questions. I guess future historians will decide upon how to slant the moment. Will Dolly be remembered as a forerunner of the greatest single improvement to the life of mankind or as a first step towards a technology that brought chaos to the world? Meanwhile, a whole group of 24 cloned calves is being monitored in the United States! Email me if you have a view and I’ll post some here.