Unbelievable! Dr Ian Wilmut created cloned Dolly sheep has Parkinson disease; watch video
On Wednesday, the scientist who created the clone Dolly sheep revealed that he himself has Parkinson disease. The 73-year-old, Dr Ian Wilmut on World Parkinson's Day announced that four months ago he discovered about the disease and he is planning to undergo a new research programme including new Dundee-Edinburgh Parkinson's Research Initiative which would test treatments that could slow the disease's progression.
“Initiatives of this kind are very effective not only because they bring more people together, but because they will include people with different experience and expertise,” Wilmut said in a statement.
He added, "It was from such a rich seedbed that Dolly developed, and we can hope for similar benefits in this project."
It was 1996 that the scientist and a team at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh decided to clone an adult sheep which resulted in the birth of Dolly. The result was shocking for the researchers as they refused the possibilty of creating a cloned sheep.
“I didn’t want to go around with a veil of secrecy around something, I’m not like that,” he said. “If it’s useful in any way to mention it, and in this research context it is, then I’m very happy to mention it.”
The cloned Dolly's birth was a signal that cells from anywhere in the body could behave like a newly fertilised egg. This idea inspired other researchers to find out more techniques to reprogramme adult cells.