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Biodiversity Protects Against Disease, Scientists Find

Posted Feb 13 2013 1:34pm

Image of frogs with deformed limbs in a pond.

The richer the assortment of amphibian species in a pond, the more protection that community of frogs, toads and salamanders has against a parasitic infection that can cause severe deformities, including the growth of extra legs.

The findings, published in a paper in this week's issue of the journal Nature, support the idea that greater biodiversity in large-scale ecosystems, such as forests or grasslands, may also provide greater protection against ...

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