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Scottish Scientist Ian Wilmot, Leader of Dolly the Sheep Cloning Project, Dies at 79: University of Edinburgh Mourns


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Scottish Scientist Ian Wilmot, Creator of Cloned Sheep Dolly, Passes Away at 79

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Scottish scientist Ian Wilmot, who led the working group that created the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, passed away in 1996 at the age of 79, according to a statement from the University of Edinburgh.

University of Edinburgh Mourns the Loss of Professor Sir Ian Wilmot

The University of Edinburgh, where Professor Wilmot worked until his retirement in 2012, expressed deep sadness upon hearing the news of his death.

Scientist Ian Wilmot Passes Away at 79

It has been reported that Professor Wilmot was 79 years old at the time of his passing.

Contributions of Professor Wilmot in Cloning Research

Professor Wilmot, who held degrees in biology, medicine, and genetics, played a vital role in the development of cloning and nuclear transfer techniques at the Roslin Institute. These techniques paved the way for the successful creation of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal, in 1996. Subsequently, in 1997, Polly, the first genetically modified cloned mammal, was also born.

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