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Wake Forest explores issues of cloning with 'Dolly' creator Keith Campbell

January 17, 2007

Keith Campbell, English biologist and co-creator of Dolly, the cloned sheep, will speak at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in Brendle Recital Hall.  Campbell’s presentation, “What We Can Do and Should We Do It?” will focus on his cloning research and the political and ethical implications of the technology.

In conjunction with the lecture, the film “The Island” will also be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 30.  The film and lecture are part of the “For Whose Humanity?” film and speaker series sponsored by Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Center, and Campbell’s visit is part of the university’s “Voices of Our Time” series.  Both the film and lecture are free and open to the public.

In 1996, Campbell held the main role in the first cloning of a mammal, a Finn Dorset lamb named Dolly, from adult mammary cells.  He is credited with the key role because of his idea to coordinate the stages of the “cell cycle” of the somatic cells and eggs.

Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of London and a doctoral degree from the University of Dundee in Scotland.  While working at the Roslin Institute in the early 1990s, he became involved with the cloning efforts lead by Ian Wilmut.  In July 1995, Campbell and fellow researcher Bill Ritchie succeeded in producing a pair of lambs, Megan and Morag, from embryonic cells.

In 1998, Campbell and Ritchie created another sheep named Polly from genetically altered skin cells containing a human gene.

Currently, Campbell is professor of animal development at the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham.

Campbell’s visit is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

For detailed information, visit or call (336) 758-5375 or (336) 758-5292.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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