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USDA approval of genetically modified chestnut trees would be a step forward for the conservation of endangered species

USDA approval of genetically modified chestnut trees would be a step forward for the conservation of endangered species

This is an exciting time in the field of conservation and biotechnology. For the first time, it seems likely that a genetically engineered (GE) tree could be approved by US regulatory agencies for use in the restoration of an endangered species in the wild. This tree is the American chestnut, a species decimated by disease …

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This new chestnut?  USDA plans to allow release of genetically modified trees into wild forests

This new chestnut? USDA plans to allow release of genetically modified trees into wild forests

Although many Americans still associate the winter holidays with chestnuts, the tree that once produced them – the American chestnut – no longer does, except in rare cases. During the first half of the 20th century, billions of chestnut trees died due to an exotic fungus, which was introduced into this country on Japanese chestnut. …

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