Dolly the Sheep is dead

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Meat’s back on the menu, boys! - LotR - TT


What’s the normal life span of a sheep?

So, this proves to an extent that cloning doesn’t mean you start new life at 0. You basically continue the life span the DNA had already covered when you took it out of the “donor” mammal.

Interesting, and quite an obstacle in cloning science, I reckon.

I think it’s been documented that Dolly was aging way to quickly because the DNA she was cloned with was old.

I wonder what the life span of that poor ‘cloned’ baby Eve is going to be, given this evidence

I seem to recall (from growing up in the countryside) that a sheep can reach an age of about 12, 14. I’ll go and check.

8 to 13 years.

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6 isn’t that far off of the 8 - 13 year mark. Hell, she was euthanized and could have possibly lasted longer.

“growing up in the country” mmmhmm “seems to recall” :dubious:

You’re awful smart about sheep, aren’t you? mmmhmm?

Far be it from me to question a moderator, but I am curious where you found that.

Goodbye, Dolly, well, goodbye, Dolly
It’s a shame they euthanized your woolly self!
You’re lookin’ cold, Dolly, I see mold, Dolly,
Dr. Griffin’s thinkin’ iff’n he’s got mint jelly on the shelf!
I feel that room swayin’, while your gene’s agin’,
Cause your DNA was cloned from some old sheep, so,
Shear her hide, fellas, it’s gettin’ cold outside, fellas,
Dolly’ll never come our way again!

Brava! /applause

How long have scientists known about the possible
accelerated-aging problem with cloning?

Because I remember watching a soap opera once several years ago (when Dolly was maybe a year or two old), the sub-plot of which centered around one of the characters being cloned and passed off as the same person. The clone began to age rapidly and eventually died of old age. I know it was only a soap, but I thought of it almost instantly when I heard a couple years ago that Dolly was experiencing some odd problems that only an older sheep would have to handle (arthritis or something like that?)

So, how long have scientists known about or suspected this problem…?

Well, I might be jumping to conclusions, but the article said:

So, shorter DNA strings, symptoms possibly linked to premature aging. I take that to mean that the DNA you use has a certain “age” you can’t reset to zero, so to speak.

Then again, I’m an economist, so take it with a grain of salt. :slight_smile:

And jarbabyj: I’ve never laid hands on a sheep. Well, I have, but not in a sexual way. :smiley:

Reminds me of a comic I once saw. Two Kiwi farmers are both, uh, engaging in some fun with a sheep. One is pleasuring his sheep in the missionary position, and the other is going down on his. The former looks at the other with a look of disgust, and says, “You sick bastard!”. :smiley:

Maybe I’m easily amused, I don’t know.

Hmmmm…weird-I thought she died a while back.

Poor Dolly.

They should clone her.

You know what this means, don’t you?

People are going to fight for their kids to be cloned at a very very very very young age, just in case their kids’ kids or whatever want another copy of dear ol’ mom or dad.

What an unholy fucking mess this is all going to be before any semblance of a peaceful resolution is reached.

And in the mean time …


Coldy, what about the research saying that one can extend the telermarase (spelling’s totally wrong) on the cells and extend the life of the cell and presumably the life of the organism as well?

Here’s some kinda interesting info on cloned mice: