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How triage became a dirty word

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Science  07 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6406, pp. 965
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6406.965

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Leah Gerber, a conservation biologist at Arizona State University in Tempe, is experiencing firsthand the fraught politics of paying for endangered species. Gerber has been criticized by environmentalists for her work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She's spearheading a project to help the agency try a new approach to spending money to recover endangered species. She's part of a team of scientists and agency officials creating an online tool that would enable managers to test different spending scenarios, to see which will get them closest to their conservation goals. But some environmentalists fear it could be a way for the agency to spend less on some key species, and they bristle at talk of triage.