» PH.D AGRICULTURAL & LIFE SCIENCES, '96
Lannett Edwards achieved a major scientific breakthrough when she successfully cloned the nation’s first jersey cow using un-patented technologies. After earning her PhD in animal science from the University of Florida, Edwards completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and worked with the Scottish team that produced Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Edwards went on to spearhead the cloning procedures for the University of Tennessee Cloning Project, where she demonstrated that cloning can be done simply and inexpensively.
Alongside her husband and fellow UT researcher, Neal Schrick, Edwards simplified the patented process that cloned Dolly to produce the Jersey cow “Millie.” Within two years of Millie’s birth, there were 10 successful Jersey cow clones at UT.
Edwards’ research has opened the door for many companies to use cloning to revolutionize the consumer market on beef, dairy and poultry consumption. As a professor and graduate director in the Institute of Agriculture at UT, she continues to conduct and publish research specializing in reproductive physiology and embryology.