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Preserving the Tree of Life

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Science  13 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5626, pp. 1707-1709
DOI: 10.1126/science.1085510

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Phylogenies provide new ways to measure biodiversity, to assess conservation priorities, and to quantify the evolutionary history in any set of species. Methodological problems and a lack of knowledge about most species have so far hampered their use. In the future, as techniques improve and more data become accessible, we will have an expanded set of conservation options, including ways to prioritize outcomes from evolutionary and ecological processes.

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