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Aquatic Insect 'Family Trees' Provide Clues About Sensitivity to Pollution
June 23, 2008
A study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that examining an insect's "family tree" might help predict a "cousin" insect's level of tolerance to pollutants, and therefore, could be a reliable way to understand why certain insect species thrive or suffer under specific ecological conditions.
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