Biotech innovations rescuing near extinct American chestnut tree

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Charles A. Maynard of the State University of New York at Syracuse among seedlings being bred to resist the blight that wiped out the American chestnut. Credit: Heather Ainsworth, via The New York Times.

While controversy swirls around the the use of biotech in farming, the use of identical techniques—moving genes, often found in a different species—to save the beleaguered fungus-infected American chestnut tree has flown under the radar of anti-biotech crusaders. But make no mistake: If activists are successful in passing bans and otherwise demonizing this technology by generating fears that moving genes is a violation of “Nature”—the naturalistic fallacy—their actions could result in the final death of the American chestnut and literally hundreds of trait enhancing innovations.

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