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UVM Biology Professor Ponders the Future of the Chestnut in New York Times

Professor Emeritus Bernd Heinrich writes in the New York Times about the fall of the once prominent American chestnut tree in the early 20th century, and how new genetic engineering efforts are seeking to bring the species back. Heinrich questions whether restoring the chestnut is worth altering “the code of life that has evolved over millenniums.” Read the story…