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William Ritchie

William Ritchie

Director and Chief Technical Officer
Monash Biomed
United Kingdom

Biography

I worked at the Roslin Institute for 34 years and was involved in the Cloning project. I was the embryologist who cloned the first animals from cultured cells Morag and Megan which was the enabling technology which led to the birth of Dolly the sheep the following year. The project then progressed to produce cloned sheep which produced “human blood factor 9”. Subsequently I used my skills as an embryologist to develop several methods of producing transgenic animals. I took early retirement from Roslin and travelled extensively teaching some of the techniques I had developed at Roslin. Notable projects have been to act as consultant on the project in Dubai to produce the first cloned camel. I also acted as consultant to a project in Kenya producing the first cloned native breed of cattle.

Research Interest

My interests are in rescuing rare and endangered species of animal and passing on the skills and techniques I developed at the Roslin Institute to other scientists.