American chestnut tree may return due to genetic modification

Excellent article on the probable return of the American chestnut tree. This appears to be a good use of genetic modification. It will return an important wild species to its natural habitat.

…By splicing a single gene from wheat into the tree’s genome, scientists from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) have engineered blight-resistant saplings.

This year, the team plans to apply for approval from U.S. and Canadian regulators to distribute the plant. If they are successful, the tree would be the first genetically modified organism released with the goal of reintroducing an endangered species to the wild, rather than producing a commercial agricultural crop. (Science finds a way to bring back the American chestnut tree)

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