Mussel Men and Women; Resurrecting a Species

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Tagged Golden Riffle Shell Mussels bred in vitro to repopulate nearly extinct strain. (Credit: Gary Peeples / USFWS

A federally endangered species of fresh water mussel could be found in only one water way in the world; southwestern Virginia’s Clinch River. But 20 years ago, a chemical spill nearly wiped them out. Now biologists may be on their way to resurrecting them. Robbie Harris got into the creek with the scientists and the baby mussels.

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