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HiPointDem

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17. what i'm asking is -- the remaining trees are still producing seeds (or whatever you call them) --
Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:58 AM
Dec 2012

why not just plant those?

seems to me the problem is logging and habitat space rather than genetics or ability to clone.

it doesn't quite make sense to me; and with genetic material patentable these days, i just have a weird feeling...

if the point is to plant more trees (as seems to be the thrust of the article), then cloning is unnecessary.

if the point is to preserve & study the genetic material, then why not say so instead of talking about how planting a cloned tree is going to 'save the planet'?

it just doesn't seem quite straightforward to me. i am a suspicious type.

and as another poster said, coast redwoods have been cloned for years and the use is commercial. so what is the use here? cloning an impressive dead individual of the same species...why?

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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