Researchers Unlock Genetic Code of California Redwoods

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Coastal Redwood trees stand at Muir Woods National Monument on August 20, 2013 in Mill Valley, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Scientists with the Redwood Genome Project announced Tuesday that they have successfully sequenced the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes. The project, dubbed by researchers a "23andMe for trees," is expected to aid in restoration and conservation of California's redwood forests, 95 percent of which have been lost to logging in the last 150 years. We'll talk about the study and what it tells us about the ancient trees and their environment.

Guests:

Emily Burns, director of Science, Save the Redwoods League

David Neale, professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis; lead researcher, Redwood Genome Project

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