Growing hope

There’s this human, no horticulture, interest story that makes me whistfully hopeful. I read and heard it in of all places the Voice of America.

It just seems so symbolic. You know life from death, victory from adversity, sweet things from the bitter, gowth coming out of the strife.

You know: big biblical themes. Even better: in a biblical land.

I hope it grows.

Israeli Scientists Germinate 2,000-Year-Old Seed
by Robert Berger

VOA News, 13 June 2005

Israeli researchers are resurrecting a Biblical tree that has been extinct for two millennia. They are hoping it will lead to the discovery of new medicines that will benefit future generations.

Israeli scientists have germinated a sapling from a date palm seed that is nearly 2,000 years old. Dr. Sarah Sallon, who heads the project, told VOA that it is the oldest seed ever brought back to life.

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By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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