Ian Wilmut

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Dr. Ian Wilmut (born 1944-07-07) is an English embryologist best known for his supervisory, but not scientific role, in the team that in 1996 first cloned a mammal, a sheep named Dolly, from fully differentiated adult mammary cells.


Court testimony.

Magazine interviews.

  • It is quite likely that it is possible, yes. But what we've said all along -- speaking for both the (Roslin) Institute and the PPL staff - is that we would find it ethically unacceptable to think of doing that. We can't think of a reason to do it. If there was a reason to copy a human being, we would do it, but there isn't.
  • Any kind of manipulation with human embryos should be prohibited.
    • As quoted in "Dr. Frankenstein, I Presume?" by Andrew Ross in Salon (February 1997)

Radio program.

  • I'd remind you that in these experiments so far, about one quarter of the lambs that were born alive died within a few days because they hadn't completed normal development. Now, what may be being suggested here is that copies of children would be being produced, and some of those would die soon after birth. So I think that for a clinician to be suggesting doing that is a quite appalling and sad thing for him to be suggesting.


  • I think the initial reason why I became interested in farming is that I wanted to be outdoors. I've always enjoyed being outdoors. And so, I looked around and when I was at high school, probably 14 or so, my parents through friends arranged for me to be able to go work on farms on the weekend.
  • Is this sort of thing which has been thought about beneficial? So that if you're asking the question, for example, "Is it appropriate to think of making a copy of a person?" You have to ask not only, "What is the benefit to the people who are asking for this to be done?" But also, "What's the impact on the child that's going to be produced?" And that last bit I think often gets missed out.
    • Interview at the Academy of Acheivement (23 May 1998)


  • Our ability now to modify and select cells in culture and then produce transgenic lambs by nuclear transfer is tremendously encouraging and a major step towards a goal of being able to make very precise genetic modifications in livestock species.

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