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Dead Animal of the Day February 14 – Dolly

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Let us behold the miracles of modern science in our day and age. Today marks the 9 year anniversary of Dolly – the first mammal that was effectively cloned by Scottish scientist thus opening the world’s eyes to the fact that cells could be re-programmed to perform other tasks and thrive. Dolly, for instance, spawned from a cell taken from a mammary gland of an unnamed donor sheep which, consequently, is where Dolly gets her name. Ian Wilmut, one of the managing scientists on the project, had this to say: “”Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn’t think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton’s”. Amen brother. Even though he’s a scientist he can still spot a nice set of cans.

Now there was an ensuing hub bub around this cloning. The usual pack of loonies clutched their bibles protesting this was the most unnatural, heinous and blasphemous deed Man had ever committed against God. But if you look at the facts I think God would have given the scientists a pat on the back for such an accurate recreation of his work. In early life Dolly had a weight problem – partly because she was fed too much so she would be active for all the cameras and publicity. She developed premature arthritis and died of cancer 5-10 years before what is considered normal for ‘natural’ sheep of her ilk.

Yup, I’d say thats pretty right on guys, well done.

Congrats to Nature for making their first appearance on the NOR.

Celebrity clone dies of drug overdose.

John Whitfield

Dolly leaves a few surviving lambs.© AP.

For over six years, every bleat of the world’s most famous sheep has been analysed for biological significance and hints of decrepitude.

No longer: Dolly was put down by a lethal anaesthetic injection last Friday. She was six and a half years old, and suffering from lung cancer caused by a virus.

Preliminary post-mortem results show that, apart from the cancer and her well-publicized arthritis, she was relatively normal, says Harry Griffin, assistant director of Dolly’s home, the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, UK. “There were no other signs of premature ageing.” Continue


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