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Photograph provided Oct 21 showing a scientist hard at work at the National Center of Genetic Resources (CNRG) in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct 11, 2018. EPA-EFE/Zoilo Carrillo

One of the most important labs in Latin America is preserving genetic resources to protect species from future natural catastrophes, specifically ones that are important to human survival. 

Could a Mathematical Formula stop the extinction of species?

 07/26/2017 - 07:11
Hugh Possingham, chief scientist of the NGO The Nature Conservancy, who presented in Colombia this week a controversial mathematical formula that measures the cost-benefit of saving different species, in order to decide which should be given priority. EFE/NGO The Nature Conservancy

Math has already been used effectively in defining protected areas in places with productive activities in 150 countries over the past 15 years. The best example of that application is Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where a software called Marxan permitted the expansion of protected areas from 5 percent to 35 percent while preserving species and improving fishing. 

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