Dolly, the cloned sheep, dies at the age of 6

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  1. Bruce Hedtke

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    Full story can be read here.

    Unfortunate, but perhaps it'll lead to more discoveries and breakthroughs in cloning technology.

    Bruce
     
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    Until the full autopsy results are known, I don't think we can comment. The danger is that the anti-cloning brigade isn't waiting for the full facts (what a surprise) and a plethora of 'cloned monstrosity dies prematurely' headlines are already doing the rounds.
     
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    How long do sheep live normally?
     
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    On average, twelve years.

    I agree, many are already jumping to negative conclusions about a technology that cannot be denied.

    This thread, too, could go out of control, so let's be careful.
     
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    How old was the sheep Dolly was cloned from at the time? I was wondering if it could be the telomere thing.
     
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    Just for clarity, the sheep didn't die, it was killed.

    Having a sample size of one isn't going to provide any concrete evidence on whether cloning is good or bad. It may provide a list of things to look into, but can hardly be considered conclusive.
     
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    She looks delicious! [​IMG]
     
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    According to the article I read, she had a virus that eventually causes lung cancer. Other (non-cloned) sheep at the research facility were also dying from it. Thus they decided to euthanize her.
     
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    I don't know why, but this saddens me. Perhaps it's because her entire existence was dedicated to unique and pioneering service to humankind.

    There can be only one first. (Cloned mammal, that is.) And Dolly was it.
     
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    It's too early to jump to conclusions. Dolly led a life far from normal for sheep. Sheep are prone to lung problems when they live indoors like Dolly did. She also seemed to like the attention she got and developed behaviors like standing on her hind legs to beg for treats.
     
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    Forgive my lack of knowledge here, but how can we benefit from cloning technology again?
     
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    The sheep dolly was cloned from was 6.

    BTW. Lucas mentioned the Clone wars in 1977 and the movies that play out the story appear now. Add that to the amazing similarities that the Republics senate shares with the current UN (Hanz Blix as the delegation sent to investigate the blockade) and maybe old GL isnt such a moron after all.
     
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    I think that's mincing words. Dolly existed on this planet for 6 years (or however long it was), regardless of her "genetic" age.
     

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