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Planet Earth

Drawing two million branches: My story in tomorrow's NYTimes on building the full tree of life

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerJune 5, 2012 3:40 AM


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Even the most elaborate pictures of the tree of life you can find online are gaunt shadows of life's full diversity. In tomorrow's New York Times, I write about a team of scientists who are setting out to build a tree with every described species on Earth--and program it so that the entire scientific community can help tease out its branches and add more branches as they discover the six, sixty, or six hundred million more unnamed species on Earth. Check it out.

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