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Balancing Species Numbers and Phylogenetic Diversity

By Joseph Bennett

The current extinction crisis can be thought of as a fire in the genetic library of life. In the scramble to save as much as we can, we want to save as many books (i.e. species) as possible but we also want to save as much total information (i.e. unique genes) as possible.

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