Growing Alien Trees on Earth
So here is an interesting video from Virginia Public Media (uploaded earlier this year) in which they talk about how American Chestnut trees are coming back thanks to a cross-breeding program utilizing Chinese Chestnnut trees (which are resistant to the blight that has destroyed the American Chestnut species over the past 50 years).

Watch Chestnut Trees Are Returning to Forests from YouTube
SF-Fandom not responsible for video content

SF-Fandom reserves the right to remove inappropriate video content from its discussions. YouTube may remove the video from its service without notification.

It's not much of a leap to imagine a story where Earth scientists attempt to save one or more species of plant hit by a "space fungus" by cross-breeding them with similar plants from other worlds.

Obviously, you'd have to find extra-terrestrial plants with compatible DNA. Or maybe scientists could just harvest alien DNA that created genes that are resistant to the space blight and then inject them (via CRISPR-like technology) into Earth plants.

Anything dealing with CRISPR-like technology raises ethical questions. And I imagine some people might be hostile to the idea of using "space DNA" to save species on Earth.

MYCode Guide

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Alien Artifact on Titan Shaped Like a Cross DrTonyMcCaffrey 6 634 July 19th, 2021, 09:46 AM
Last Post: DrTonyMcCaffrey
  Oort Cloud Hides Alien Ships and Artifacts DrTonyMcCaffrey 1 421 July 9th, 2021, 04:31 AM
Last Post: Michael
  Aliens' Chirality Prevents Long Stay on Earth DrTonyMcCaffrey 3 529 July 5th, 2021, 03:43 PM
Last Post: Michael
  Alien Abductees Treated as "Beloved Pets" DrTonyMcCaffrey 1 303 July 1st, 2021, 10:10 AM
Last Post: Michael
  Alien Artifacts on Titan Are Puzzles DrTonyMcCaffrey 2 423 June 21st, 2021, 07:02 AM
Last Post: DrTonyMcCaffrey
  Alien Clue: Visual Void with Intense Heat DrTonyMcCaffrey 1 402 June 21st, 2021, 01:38 AM
Last Post: Michael
  Slime Mold Reclassified as Alien Organism DrTonyMcCaffrey 4 555 June 18th, 2021, 06:18 PM
Last Post: DrTonyMcCaffrey
  Photosynthezing Alien "breathes" O2 & CO2 DrTonyMcCaffrey 0 314 May 27th, 2021, 07:38 AM
Last Post: DrTonyMcCaffrey
  Alien DNA Found at Domestic Crime Scene DrTonyMcCaffrey 3 485 May 15th, 2021, 03:51 PM
Last Post: Michael
  Giving Earth Sunglasses DrTonyMcCaffrey 0 198 May 10th, 2021, 06:33 AM
Last Post: DrTonyMcCaffrey

Forum Jump: