First there was Dolly the sheep some two decades ago, and now researchers in New York have successfully cloned high-sugar maple trees.
Last year, Keith Perry and Dr. Joseph Orefice from Cornell University took over 430 buds from higher sugar concentration tree cuttings at the Uihlein forest in Lake Placid.
Through early this year, a total of three new buds were grown out of the group, with those then being divided up to create seven new plants. Making them the first clones of the maple tree.
A report on the progress of the project can be viewed online at nnyagdev.org.