Dolly the sheep's clones all alive and well

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    Dolly the sheep's "siblings" are generally healthy, a study has shown, providing hope that cloning can yield animals free from degenerative illness.
    The first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell - Dolly - died at the relatively young age of 6.5 years, having suffered from osteoarthritis. This raised concerns that cloned animals might age more quickly.
    But the new study, which tracked four sheep cloned from the same ewe as Dolly, found they had aged normally.
    Some of the animals did show mild - and in one case moderate - signs of osteoarthritis. But the researchers say that it was not sufficiently severe that any of the animals required treatment.
    A team led by Prof Kevin Sinclair at Nottingham University reports that the sheep Debbie, Denise, Dianna and Daisy reached their eighth birthdays in good health.
    The researchers performed a battery of tests, including assessments of the animals' bones, joints and muscles, along with blood pressure measurements. They then compared these to "control" sheep aged between five and six years old. They found no major health issues: there was no sign of metabolic disease, such as diabetes, in the clones and their blood pressure was normal. The evidence of mild osteoarthritis in the clones - and a moderate case of the disease in Debbie - could be a normal feature of sheep as they age, the researchers write in their scientific paper.

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  3. Sylvester Registered Senior Member

    I remember "Dolly", this is GTK.
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