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What lies beneath

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Science  28 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6336, pp. 384
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan2550

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A veterinarian married to a biologist, Abbie Gascho Landis became fasci­nated by the seemingly uncharismatic bivalves known as freshwater mussels after tagging along on a research trip in 2009. Freshwater mussels are im­portant because their filter feeding can purify the water, benefiting other organisms in the environment. Unfortunately, problems with both water quality and water quantity have re­duced their populations to such a degree that many mussel species are endangered. In engaging and personal prose, Landis traces the growing perils faced by the freshwater mussel, and outlines a path forward to ensure their survival.