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Tarpon Springs resident sues city to prove ‘dead’ tree still alive, bearing fruit

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Stravos Tsalickis thought he had seen it all. That was, until Tarpon Springs Police Department Officer Steve Gassen, 48, informed the 79-year-old Tarpon Springs resident that a tree on his property was “dead.” The tree in question, at 431 Grand Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, would need to be removed, Gassen said, as well as a shed, which the officer who was in “poor condition.” One problem; the tree was not dead, according to Tsalickis. Not willing to give up either…

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UF researchers reveal first Tree of Life for all 2.3 million named species

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In the mid-’90s, many of Doug Soltis’ colleagues told him that creating a tree of life – a map of Earth’s 2.3 million named species and the connections between them – couldn’t be done. Two decades later, the University of Florida plant biologist and colleagues have proved their detractors wrong, publishing the first draft of a Tree of Life that covers every named organism on the planet. Just as the sequencing of the human genome led to advances in medicine…

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