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Loss of Species Large and Small Threatens Human Health
December 1, 2010
The loss of biodiversity--from beneficial bacteria to charismatic mammals--threatens human health. That's the conclusion of a study published this week in the journal Nature by scientists who study biodiversity and infectious diseases.
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
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