25 Days of CoDI: Day 20

On the twentieth day of CoDI, Helen, Miguel, and Tilo ask whether Dolly, the famous cloned sheep, was a major discovery or a curious scientific distraction?

Helen Sang, Miguel Garcia Sancho Sanchez and Tilo Kunath: Dolly The Sheep

It’s been 20 years since the birth of Dolly – the first animal to be cloned from an adult cell.  The media frenzy that followed was a mixed one. There was both celebration due to the grand scientific achievement and fear because of the seemingly real possibility of human cloning.

Why was Dolly cloned in the first place? What did we learn from this almost futuristic experiment? Furthermore, was there any benefit to human society and human health? Cloning doesn’t seem to be widespread 20 years after Dolly, so what benefits, if any, have we gained from cloning.

Please join Prof Helen Sang, Dr Miguel Garcia-Sancho, and Dr Tilo Kunath for a lively discussion as they attempt to address these questions and hear your views.

Dolly the Sheep Cake
Dolly’s 20th Birthday Cake

About Prof Helen Sang

Helen has a PhD in genetics from Cambridge University. When Dolly was cloned at the Roslin Institute Helen was there. Her research involves applying genetic engineering in chickens, with a major aim to produce chickens that are resistant to bird flu. In addition, she has a keen interest in discussing the issues involved in genetic modification of foods.

About Dr Miguel Garcia-Sancho

Miguel studied History of Science for his PhD at Imperial College London. He is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in the history of contemporary biomedicine, with special emphasis on the emergence of biotechnology as a new form of knowledge production that is still shaping our era.

About Dr Tilo Kunath

Tilo is a stem cell biologist who obtained his PhD from the University of Toronto. He is a Group Leader at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine where he uses stem cells to model and understand Parkinson’s disease. He uses “reprogramming” technology to make induced stem cells from the skin of Parkinson’s patients.

Dolly’s show takes place on Thursday 25th August, Stand in the Square (Venue 372), 3-4pm, £8 (£6)

Purchase tickets at:   http://www.outstandingtickets.com/show/118/performance/1555/book-tickets

Dolly printed background