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Friday, March 13, 1998 Published at 14:34 GMT



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Dolly fleeced for fashion
image: [ Hello Dolly - before her contribution to the jumper ]
Hello Dolly - before her contribution to the jumper

Dolly the cloned sheep has been fleeced in the name of fashion - and a good cause.

Her first woolly coat has been knitted into a sweater going on show at London's Science Museum.


Actress Jenny Agutter talks about the importance of Dolly to cystic fibrosis sufferers (2' 06")
The sheepish star hit the headlines when scientists from the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh entered the record books after cloning her from the cell of an adult sheep.

They hope their research will eventually help ease the plight of cystic fibrosis sufferers.


[ image: Jenny Agutter and winning designer Holly Wharton]
Jenny Agutter and winning designer Holly Wharton
A competition to design the sweater was organised by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It was won by 12-year-old Holly Wharton from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

Dr Harry Griffin, Assistant Director of the Roslin Institute, said: "Dolly is part of a long-term programme of research that will see a wide range of therapeutic proteins being produced from the milk of transgenic sheep and cattle.

"We expect that cystic fibrosis patients will be the first to benefit from this technology."


[ image: Holly Wharton models the jumper. Front...]
Holly Wharton models the jumper. Front...
Actress Jenny Agutter, who is a carrier of the disease, presented the jumper to the museum.

She said: "The future for cystic fibrosis sufferers is a lot more optimistic because of genetic research.


[ image: and back.]
and back.
"Not many people realise that one in 25 people are carriers of the disease."

The pullover will remain on display in London until April 30 before heading to Japan for a major exhibition of science museum artefacts.


 





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