Access to this article is restricted until 12 months after publication by request of the publisher.. Restriction lift date: 2023-12-28
Biodiversity: the overlooked source of human health
Kurnaz, Isil A.
de la Cruz, Thomas Edison
Biodiversity is the measure of the variation of lifeforms in a given ecological system. Biodiversity provides ecosystems with the robustness, stability, and resilience that sustains them. This is ultimately essential for our survival because we depend on the services that natural ecosystems provide (food, fresh water, air, climate, and medicine). Despite this, human activity is driving an unprecedented rate of biodiversity decline, which may jeopardize the life-support systems of the planet if no urgent action is taken. In this article we show why biodiversity is essential for human health. We raise our case and focus on the biomedicine services that are enabled by biodiversity, and we present known and novel approaches to promote biodiversity conservation.
Biodiversity , Biomedicine , Conservation , Biomolecules , Synthetic biology
Linhares, Y., Kaganski, A., Agyare, C., Kurnaz, I.A., Neergheen, V., Kolodziejczyk, B., Kędra, M., Wahajuddin, M., El-Youssf, L., de la Cruz, T. E., Baran, Y., Pešić, M., Shrestha, U., Bakiu, R., Allard, P. M., Rybtsov, S., Pieri, M., Siciliano, V., Flores Bueso., Y. (2022) 'Biodiversity: the overlooked source of human health', Trends in Molecular Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2022.12.002