Museums Preserve Clues That Can Help Scientists Predict and Analyze Future Pandemics (The Conversation)

Museums Preserve Clues That Can Help Scientists Predict and Analyze Future Pandemics

Florida Museum of Natural History curator and distinguished professor Pamela Soltis, Ph.D., explains in The Conversation how she, along with colleagues from across the U.S. and in six other countries, identified a largely untapped resource for predicting future pandemics: natural history collections in museums around the world.

These collections preserve specimens of animals, plants and other organisms that illustrate the diversity of life on Earth. They are reservoirs of information and samples that can help scientists identify likely pathogen sources, hosts and transmission pathways.

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