Dolly the Sheep is dead. She was the first cloned mammal. Created in 1996 by Scotland’s Roslin Institute when they fused the nucleus of a cell taken from one sheep’s mammary tissue with the egg cell from another sheep, Dolly provoked controversy with people saying that cloned humans couldn’t be far off.
Dolly gave birth to a daughter, Bonnie, in 1998. Dolly died from a lethal injection given to her by veterinarians after it was discovered that she had signs of a progressive lung disease.
“Dolly is dead. I can confirm that,” a spokeswoman at the institute told Reuters.
We will all miss her.