Professor Keith Campbell was a guest to the Copernicus Science Centre as part of the Genesis project only in February 2012. He gave a stunning lecture explaining secrets of his work and answering the participants’ questions. He proved himself to be a direct and friendly person, extremely warm-hearted and having a great sense of humour. He seemed to enjoy the meeting with young people during which he discussed benefits, opportunities, risks and threats related to biotechnology.
Professor Keith Campbell (1954 – 2012) specialised in a cell life cycle. First, he examined a development of tumour cells and then got involved in embryology. He worked as a scientist for thirty years. In 1991, he started working at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, where his knowledge on controlling cell life cycle was used to create mammal embryos through cell nuclear transfer. The studies resulted in producing in 1995 a pair of lambs – Megan and Morag – the first mammals cloned with the use of cell nuclei obtained from differentiated cells. Further studies in this domain led to creation in 1996 of famous Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal cloned from adult mammary somatic cells.
Then, Professor Campbell started his cooperation with PPL Therapeutics, a biotechnological company, and improved the farm animal cloning method. He also created genetically modified animals – sheep whose milk produced human proteins and pigs whose organs were supposed to be used in xenotransplantation.
From 1999 Professor Campbell worked at the University of Nottingham. His death interrupted his further research plans.
We would like to express our condolences to Professor Campbell’s family, friends and collaborators.
The team of Copernicus Science Centre