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blatka

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12. Why the need for cloning answer...
Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:50 PM
Dec 2012

Ninety eight percent of the old growth redwood forests have been chopped down, and much of what remains is not protected. With only 2% of the old growth trees left and many still under threat, Archangel is choosing to clone and replant the genetics from these trees so that they can be studied in the future before they become extinct.

Archangel co-founder David Milarch posed the question: "If you were down to 2% of your life savings, wouldn't it be time to do something?" Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has chosen not to stand by, but to act to save these genetics for study in the future. There is much science doesn't know about these trees, so they want to give future generations the opportunity to learn from the incredible trees that are able to live for thousands of years.

Make sense?

Here's a video about this very topic - on this page called Why Ancient Trees?
http://www.ancienttreearchive.org/about-us/our-videos/

Cheers,
Bill

Heard this story on NPR last weekend. Really cool. n/t FSogol Dec 2012 #1
I, for one, welcome our new giant tree overlords... n/t PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #2
Hats off to Dr. Rama Nemani. If in his place were a teabagger or Repug, they would have sworn that. BlueJazz Dec 2012 #3
I own a redwood timber ranch. They are far more like a weed than any tree I've seen. Gregorian Dec 2012 #4
I live right next to a redwood forest; they grow in my yard REP Dec 2012 #10
I really hate when I hear so called scientists say that something can not be done Drale Dec 2012 #5
Agreed, but it DOES supply motivation Celebration Dec 2012 #8
Scientists didn't think it couldn't be done, however... blatka Dec 2012 #13
Note that Dr. William Libby is one of the authors in the research quoted elsewhere in this thread. PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #18
Coast Redwoods have been cloned for over 25 years and are used operationally. commercial planting PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #6
Milarch cloned dead trees. The one mentioned in the OP was felled 130 years ago. snagglepuss Dec 2012 #7
From the website you posted. PufPuf23 Dec 2012 #9
this species is not extinct, is my understanding. so why the need for the cloning? HiPointDem Dec 2012 #11
Why the need for cloning answer... blatka Dec 2012 #12
Thanks! NYC_SKP Dec 2012 #14
what i'm asking is -- the remaining trees are still producing seeds (or whatever you call them) -- HiPointDem Dec 2012 #17
Excellent. (nt) DirkGently Dec 2012 #15
Its so hard to read about some of those things - "cut down to win a bet"... bhikkhu Dec 2012 #16
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