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Genetically Engineered Trees to Fight Beetles

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Genetically Engineered Trees to Fight Beetles

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Genetically Engineered Trees to Fight Beetles

Genetically Engineered Trees to Fight Beetles

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The Emerald Ash Borer is a species of beetle accidentally imported from China a decade ago. So far the beetle has killed over 25 million Ash trees in the Midwest. Attempts to save the trees have had no success. But now tree scientists think they may have hit on a solution: genetically engineering the native tree variety with DNA from a beetle-resistant variety.

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