Ancient Greek Tree Gets New Life in N. Mich.

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    386517 03: A man walks across the campus of the National Institutes of Health, March 9, 2001 in Bethesda, MD. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)

    A northern Michigan nursery says it successfully cloned an ancient tree that was a gift to the U.S. government from Greece.

    David Milarch of the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive says the Hippocrates sycamore will be transplanted in October at the medical library of the National Institutes of Health, known as NIH, in Bethesda, Md.

    Legend says Hippocrates, an ancient Greek doctor, taught students under the original sycamore. The NIH says Greece in 1961 gave the United States a direct cutting of the tree but it has died.

    Milarch says the tree has been cloned at the Archangel Ancient Tree nursery in Copemish, and it now stands 6 feet tall. He says it has great symbolic value for doctors and scientists.