Humans Need Biodiversity

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Science  20 Mar 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5921, pp. 1562-1563
DOI: 10.1126/science.1170526

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Sustaining Life. How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein, Eds.. Oxford University Press, New York, 2008. 566 pp. $34.95, £18.99. ISBN 9780195175097.

Examining topics such as ecosystem services, medicines, biomedical research, infectious diseases, and food production, the contributors offer a thorough summary of the importance of biodiversity to well-being.