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Why does biodiversity matter for childhood leukemia?

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:18:23

Have you ever wondered what all those plants, animals, microbes and fungi do for us humans? Today we’re very happy to release the beginnings of our first collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences (CAS): a new series of tutorials on biodiversity.

In the tutorial on ecosystem services you can find out about the Rosy Periwinkle, a plant from Madagascar that creates chemicals used to treat childhood leukemia. You’ll also find explanations of how ecosystems work and explorations of biodiversity hotspots around the world.

The great news is that we’re just getting started. Exploring, explaining and sustaining biodiversity is at the core of the mission of the scientists at the CAS. We’re looking forward to sharing many more tutorials in the months to come.

In the meantime, check out this great video that explains the story of the Rosy Periwinkle!