London (EFE).- British scientist Ian Wilmut, “father” of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from adult cells, has died at the age of 79, the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh reported this Monday.
The biologist and his team devised the pioneering technique that led to the birth of the famous sheep, on July 5, 1996, and revolutionized the field of genetic cloning.
Wilmut’s work “had a global reach,” said Bruce Whitelaw, director of the Scottish academic institution where the breakthrough was carried out, who stressed that his legacy continues to inspire numerous discoveries in “research in human and animal biology.” ”.
The scientist had retired from the academic world in 2012 and six years later he had made public that he suffered from Parkinson’s.
“He was a titan” whose work “transformed the scientific thinking of his time,” said Peter Mathieson, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.
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“The impact of his work will last for generations. “He was a hugely respected scientist, a mentor and a friend,” he added.