Public Interest - Cloning - A life of Dolly (continued)
Press interest in Dolly had quietened down for a while until, in the autumn of 2001 and at the height of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in the UK, Dolly was seen to be walking stiffly. An x-ray was essential, and after getting permission from DEFRA for a special movement licence, Dolly was transported to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS). Here a general anaesthetic was administered and thorough investigations of her lameness carried out. The x-rays confirmed that Dolly did indeed have arthritis. This was a blow to everyone and again fuelled the suspicion that cloned animals were destined to age prematurely. The cause of the arthritis was never established but daily anti-inflammatory treatment resolved the clinical signs within a few months.