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GRIPP-GRIPPs Cloning Technologies Featured by Macleans Magazine

GRIPPs Cloning Technologies Featured by Macleans Magazine

Since arriving in North America from Europe in 1930, Dutch elm disease has wiped out 95 per cent of this continent’s population of American elms, the immense and towering trees that, particularly in the U.S., once provided shady relief to the heroes of history—from the original members of the Boston Tea Party to George Washington. In Canada, the scourge continues its march westward, killing the elms of Alberta and beyond. But now scientists at the University of Guelph may have found a sci-fi method of preserving these majestic giants: cloning the few hearty elm specimens that have managed to survive repeated Dutch elm disease epidemics, and preserving them for study in a controlled lab environment…

MACLEANS – The sci-fi method that’s saving elm trees