Dolly the Sheep

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Dolly the sheep was the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.Dolly hit the headlines in 1997 as the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. She was born at the Roslin Institute just outside Edinburgh, on 5 July 1996. One of the aims of creating her was to find out whether an adult cell could be reprogrammed and develop normally into a new embryo. Cloning Dolly from an adult cell has opened up many possibilities for medical and agricultural advances for human benefit, and also raised important questions about cloning and ethics. Dolly is now on display in the Connect Gallery of National Museum of Scotland.

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