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Lauren Ward

For immediate release:
March 13, 2003

World-Renowned Cloning Expert Keith Campbell to Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University on March 17 and 18

PITTSBURGH—Keith Campbell, a cloning expert internationally renowned as part of the scientific team that cloned "Dolly," will be giving a public lecture, "Cloning Technology and Its Implications," 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, second floor, 4400 Fifth Ave. His talk is the Ninth Annual Pittsburgh Conference Lectureship on Applications of Spectroscopy and Molecular Biology to the Biomedical Sciences.

A technical lecture, "Reprogramming the Genome by Nuclear Transfer," will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, also in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, second floor.

"We are extremely privileged to have Dr. Campbell, who is a pioneer in the field of mammalian cloning," says Chien Ho, professor of biological sciences and director of the Pittsburgh NMR Center for Biomedical Research. " Dr. Campbell's talk comes at a particularly important time as our society debates human cloning."

Results of Dolly's cloning were widely publicized in the press and became a lightning rod for heated discussion of the merits of human embryonic stem cell cloning, or therapeutic cloning, to understand and treat disease, as well as the potential for human reproductive cloning as an option for infertile couples seeking to have a child.

Campbell, a professor of animal development at the University of Nottingham, U.K., collaborated with Ian Wilmut and a team at the Roslin Institute in Scotland on groundbreaking research that resulted in the first mammals to be 'cloned' from cultured differentiated cells (Nature, 1996) and in the birth of "Dolly," the first mammal to be 'cloned' from an adult-derived somatic cell (Nature, 1997). Dolly died in February of this year.

The team conducted this work to understand basic mechanisms underlying cellular differentiation and to provide a means for the precise genetic modification of farm species, according to Campbell. At the University of Nottingham, Campbell continues basic research to improve the cloning process and the production of therapeutic stem cells to produce animal models for cell therapies and develop strategies for transplantation.

Sponsors of the lecture include the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh NMR Center for Biomedical Research, and the Department of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon. The Pittsburgh Conference Lectureship on Applications of Spectroscopy and Molecular Biology to the Biomedical Sciences recognizes outstanding contributions to the field by scientists from an international base.

A reception in the Social Room of the Mellon Institute (third floor) will be held immediately following the public lecture. Complimentary parking is available Monday only at the Dithridge Street Garage, center entrance.

Note to reporters: To schedule interviews with Dr. Campbell, please contact Lauren Ward, Director of Media Relations, Mellon College of Science, at 412-268-7761.


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