Dolly is not only the world's first mammal cloned from an adult cell, but also perhaps the only sheep in the world to ever take center stage in a museum. As a "striking reminder of Scotland's record of scientific achievement," Dolly goes on display 11 April at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Following her death earlier this year (ScienceNOW, 17 February), Dolly was donated to the museum by her creators at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh. "Born in Scotland, we are pleased she will be staying here as a reminder of a world-famous Scottish success story," says Harry Griffin, acting director of the Roslin Institute.
Hailed by Science in 1997 as "Breakthrough of the Year," Dolly took scientists and the public by surprise when her birth was disclosed 6 years ago (ScienceNOW, 24 February, 1997). Since then, scientists have managed to clone several mammals, including, most recently, an endangered Javanese banteng (ScienceNOW, 8 April). The ethical debate about cloning, ignited by Dolly, continues.
For the coming months, the prepared remains of Dolly will feature in a display that focuses on the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick. Then, after spending the summer at the Museum of Scottish Country Life at Kittochside, Dolly will permanently return to Edinburgh where "she will prove an important focus for future new science displays in the Royal Museum," says Gordon Rintoul, director of the National Museums of Scotland.