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Press Release - Dolly creator debates the impact of his work



Sir Ian Wilmut joins entrepreneur Simon Best and international research scientist Christine Mummery at Forum event.


Sir Ian Wilmut joined entrepreneur Simon Best and international research scientist Christine Mummery - who recently led the team which cloned the first human heart from stem cells - for a public panel discussion of the latest successes, failures, and new prospects for the science and industry that famously produced the first clone from an adult animal, Dolly the sheep.

From Darwin to Dolly and Beyond’, is part of the Festival of Politics and is organised by the ESRC Genomics Forum, based at the University of Edinburgh, in association with the British Council and BioIndustry Association, Scotland.


Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, Director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh

Professor Simon Best, Vice-Chairman of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and a Non-Executive Director of Polytherics Ltd. and Entelos Inc

Professor Christine Mummery, Professor of Developmental Biology and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Centre

Professor Nigel Brown (Chair), Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh

Discussion topics include:

How the life sciences, particularly in Scotland, have moved on since Dolly, and the industry’s latest successes, failures, and new prospects

Setting up biotech businesses in Scotland

How industry interacts with academia to decide which subjects are worth commercial exploitation and the future for close academic-industrial links in Scotland

Is research conducted and supported differently in other countries and what difference does that make?

Professor Steve Yearley, Director of the ESRC Genomics Forum commented, “Dolly was a world first and a graphic example of the vibrancy of the life sciences in Scotland. This event provides us with an excellent opportunity to look at how science, industry and public attitudes have developed in the decade after devolution and to learn from experiences in other European nations’.

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