Biological diversity and medicine. Plants, animals and microbes -- have led to the development of treatments for many diseases including cancer, glaucoma, malaria, inflammatory disorders, high blood pressure and many other disorders. The staggering loss of biodiversity today affects the ability of researchers to tap natural sources for medicine and exposes people to new risks from diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. Climate change, one of the drivers of biodiversity loss, also has impacts on children's health.
Aaron Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Physician in Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, and Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School speaks with LinkTV correspondent Miles Benson on the links between biological diversity, medicine and health.