By: John Platt

People often ask me, “Why should I care if a species goes extinct? It’s not essential to my daily life, is it?”

Well, according to new research published December 2 in Nature, the answer is yes—healthy biodiversity is essential to human health. As species disappear, infectious diseases rise in humans and throughout the animal kingdom, so extinctions directly affect our health and chances for survival as a species. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)

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