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  • Jan 05, 2008: Dr Prim Singh molecular biologist, Petition to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II against cloning fraudsters: Professor Wilmut had/has a tremor that does not allow him to undertake any micromanipulation experiments, which is a necessary pre-requisite for the “Dolly” experiment. When it was announced in late December 2007 that Professor Wilmut was being given a knighthood in partial recognition for "Dolly", Dr. Singh and his ex-Roslin colleagues decided to petition Queen Elizabeth to not only prevent further travesty but to show to the scientific community at large that there is some integrity to Scottish science and reason for working in Scotland.....Full Story
  • August, 23, 2006: An employment tribunal found that Dr Prim Singh was unfairly dismissed but lost his racial discrimination charges against Prof Wilmut. He told the tribunal that Prof Wilmut was a short-tempered bully who used to shout at him and did not appear to accept that Asian men could have original ideas. He also claimed the professor had denied him the necessary resources and training for his work. Dr. Singh claims he was told he could either "resign or be fired. Dr Singh is working at the Borstel Institute in Liebniz, Germany, spoke of his relief.
  • August, 03, 2006: Dr Prim Singh claims that Prof Wilmut tried to steal his ideas - on work not related to Dolly and bullied him because of his ethnic origin. Prof Ian Wilmut told a tribunal hearing in Edinburgh that he had a supervisory, although "not trivial", role in the project. However, he did not develop the technology or carry out the experiments that led to the first clone of an adult animal from a single cell. Prof Wilmut said his colleague Dr Campbell deserved "66 per cent" of the credit for the work on Dolly the sheep.

NRI scientist is seeking £1 million in damages from the Babraham Institute for denying post

UK, October 22, 2005
NRI press

NRI (non-resident Indian) Dr Prim Singh, a molecular biologist, a leading scientist claims he was "never given a chance" in his application for the directorship of the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. Dr. Singh had sought one million pounds in damages from the institute.

Dr Prim Singh, 45, from Edinburgh, told the tribunal he was a world-leader in his field. He said: "My pioneering research has led to a lot of popular science, such as that televised by Lord Robert Winston, who examined the manner in which humans are attracted to one another through their genetic scent in sweat."

Dr Singh said he was surprised not to be short-listed for the post. He said: "As a world-leader in the field of epigenetics, it was a complete shock not to be short-listed on the grounds that I was said not to have the 'international academic reputation of the other stronger candidates'. This simply is not true."

Dr Singh was also claiming against the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), which provides funding for both Babraham and Roslin.

Tribunal chairman Colin Sara said the panel had concluded the final decision was not influenced by the fact Dr Singh was pursuing another claim. The panel ruled that Dr Singh did not meet any of the criteria set out in the job description.

Mr Sara said: "It must be remembered that what he was applying for was a highly prestigious appointment.

"We fully accept that he is an able and experienced scientist. But not at this level."

Dr Prim Singh was born in India and graduated with a first-class honours degree in physiology biochemistry from Reading University. He received PhD from Cambridge University in genetics. He worked more than 17 years for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council including five years in Roslin. He has three children. These days he is workig at Leibniz Institutem, Germany




Dr Prim Singh is seeking £1 million in damages from the Babraham Institute

  • He worked as head of nuclear programming until he was sacked in June 2004.
    Dolly (1996 – 2003), a female sheep , was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer. The cell used was a mammary cell, which is why she was named Dolly, after the curvaceous country western singer Dolly Parton.

This was remarkable due to that fact that it proved that a cell taken from a specific body part could create a whole individual. Previously it was believed that a specific cell could only produce replicas of the same body part from which it was obtained. She was cloned by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and colleagues at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland, and lived there until her death at age six.[2] Her birth was announced in February 1997.