LONDON — The Edinburgh-based Roslin Institute behind the cloning of Dolly the sheep is to be headed by one of the scientists who pioneered the development of transgenic animals.
Professor John Clark, who has been head of department at the institute since 1993, will take up his position as director of one of the world's leading animal biotechnology research centre next August. He succeeds Professor Grahame Bulfield, who has already left the institute to become vice-principal of the University of Edinburgh.
According to a the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the bioscience funding body which made the appointment, Clark — who has worked at the Roslin Institute since the mid-1980s — is an "excellent appointment".
BBSRC chief executive Julia Goodfellow commented: "His research on the development of transgenic animals for the production of pharmaceutical proteins in milk has helped establish the Roslin Institute as a...