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Scientists Announce Birth of Dolly, the Cloned Sheep

Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell through the somatic cell nuclear transfer technique, in which the nucleus of an embryonic cell is replaced by the nucleus of the organism to be cloned and, in successful cases, the embryonic cell develops into a healthy fetus. She was created by agricultural research scientists that were being funded to create the "perfect sheep" for efficient agricultural production. How did the sheep come to be called "Dolly"?

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Andrew Wyeth

Wyeth is an American painter whose work has been enormously popular and critically acclaimed since his first one-man show in 1937. His principle subjects are the places and people of Chadds Ford and Cushing, Maine, portrayed in a meticulous naturalistic style. The best-known of Wyeth's paintings, Christina's World (1948), hangs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. What are his "Helga" pictures and why did they generate a considerable amount of media buzz?

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George Washington

Washington is often called the "Father of his Country" because of the central role he played in the founding of the United States. As commander of the Continental Army, he led colonial forces to an improbable victory over the British, and he served as the new nation's first president. He then relinquished that power and retired after two terms--despite supporters' wishes that he rule for life--thereby setting a key precedent for republican democracy. How did he first gain public notice?

Last updated on Thursday, 22nd February 2007

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