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Wilmut, Ian

PROFESSOR IAN WILMUT, born July 7, 1944, in Hampton Lucey, England, is an English embryolo—gist who earned worldwide recognition for his role in the creation of Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned mammal, by nuclear transfer cloning technique, in which the nucleus of a mammary cell from an adult sheep was inserted into a sheep's egg cell.

There are several implications of this successful demonstration of cloning techniques in medicine, stem cell research, and other biological studies, but they are accompanied by several highly debated ethical issues.

As a child inspired by the example of a friend of his grandparents, Ian Wilmut wanted to join the navy but was hampered by slight colorblindness. His love of the outdoors turned him to work as a farmhand, and ...

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