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  • Wednesday, October 26, 2005

    Biodiversity May Help Slow Disease Spread

    Ftom Reuters via Common Dreams:

    Better protection for the diversity of the planet's creatures and plants could help shield humans from diseases like AIDS, Ebola or bird flu and save billions of dollars in health care costs, researchers said on Tuesday.

    They said human disruptions to biodiversity -- from roads through the Amazon jungle to deforestation in remote parts of Africa -- had made people more exposed to new diseases that originate in wildlife.

    "Biodiversity not only stores the promise of new medical treatments and cures, it buffers humans from organisms and agents that cause disease," scientists from the Diversitas international group said in a statement.

    "Preventing emerging diseases through biodiversity conservation is far more cost effective than developing vaccines to combat them later," it said ahead of a November 9-10 conference of 700 biodiversity experts in Oaxaca, Mexico.


    At 10/27/2005 12:21:00 am, Blogger Jez said...

    I'm sure a great many traditional healers already knew this:preventing disease is better than curing it.


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