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Jumper produced with wool taken from Dolly the sheep, England, 1998

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This jumper was made from the first fleece of ‘Dolly’ the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, who was born on 5 July 1996. In September 1997, a competition called 'Do a Design for Dolly' was launched by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and supported by Portman Building Society. In March the following year, a 12-year-old girl, Holly Wharton, was announced as the winner. The fleece as donated by the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has strong research links with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The jumper was made by Steve Melia at the School of Textiles at the University of Leeds. The jumper was presented to the Science Museum at the start of National Science Week in 1998. Sheep usually live to around 11 or 12 years of age, but Dolly was put down on 14 February 2003 when aged six after having a progressive lung disease.

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1998-48

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