Say ‘hello again’ to Dolly

Dolly the Sheep, with her creator Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, when she went on display in Edinburgh

Dolly the Sheep, with her creator Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, when she went on display in Edinburgh

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A series of events are taking place this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the birth of Dolly, the world’s most famous sheep.

Dolly was cloned by a team of scientists at the Midlothian-based Roslin Institute. She was born on July 5, 1996.

To mark this scientific landmark and to review her legacy, Edinburgh University, the institute and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine have organised talks and workshops for all ages.

From today (Thursday) to Sunday, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh will be the venue for a number of International Science Festival workshops suitable for children aged nine to 14.

During DNA, Dolly and You! scientists will look at what makes Dolly so special and discover how her birth has helped to improve human and animal health.

The science festival fun continues at Summerhall, Edinburgh, on Sunday from 10am to 5pm with a needle felting craft event with a Dolly theme.

One of the highlights of the commemorative events will be a scientific symposium in Midlothian in September.

For more details about this week’s events go to www.sciencefestival.co.uk