Oklahoma City bombing ‘Survivor Tree’ DNA to live on


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April 19, 2019 - 4:46 PM

The Oklahoma City bombing of the Albert P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, marked its 24th anniversary Friday. TNS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA — and the spirit — of a tree that has symbolized hope in the 24 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history shook the city to its core.

As part of an annual remembrance of the bombing, civic leaders and state officials on Friday plan to transplant a tree that was cloned from a scarred American elm that lived through the blast that leveled half of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

The tree now features prominently at the memorial, overlooking the 168 chairs representing those killed. The intent of the DNA work is that the younger elm will one day replace the nearly 100-year-old “Survivor Tree” after it eventually dies.

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