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Biodiversity doesn’t lower disease risk for people

A new analysis pokes holes in a widely accepted theory that connects biodiversity abundance with a reduced disease risk for people. More than three quarters of new, emerging, or re-emerging human diseases are caused by pathogens from animals. The dilution effect—considered to be one of the most important ideas in disease ecology—theorizes that disease risk for humans decreases as the variety of species in an area increases.

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