Fast forward in time, no longer running a laboratory but instead running a 750 acre estate in the remote southwest corner of New Mexico. Without the large grants and federal support there is no laboratory, no DNA sequencers, no PCR machines. So, is it possible to still clone? The answer is yes, but only using old school techniques, and while not cloning DNA fragments it is still possible to clone. Instead of cloning human DNA it is possible to clone plant material using the tools available. Oaks were chosen since rhizomes from the tree send up new shoots around the base of tree. Several of these sprouts were isolated, cut, and treated with rooting hormone then individually planted in 1 gallon plastic ice cream buckets, creating a second mechanism (besides growing from acorns) to produce oaks for the Painted Pony Resort. It is nice to be able to practice some of the old skills (cloning) in a new way.
|Cloned oaks with lizard.|