1997: Polly is born.
|In July 1997, building upon
their success of the creation
of Dolly, the first animal cloned from adult cells, Ian Wilmut and
Keith Campbell created Polly, a Poll Dorset lamb
cloned from skin cells grown in a lab and genetically
altered to contain a human gene. Polly's birth
signified the first step in the application of cloning
technology to the production of a useful product. Most
scientists believe that most beneficial application of
cloning will come from the exact reproduction of animals
genetically altered to produce human proteins or organs more
easily accepted in transplants. Wilmut and Campbell's
creation of Polly surprised the scientific community by
how fast cloning technology was progressing. The cloning
of genetically altered farm animals was not expected for
another five years.
Copyright 1998 by team 24355 and Kayotic Development.