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How an epidemic exposed the ecological importance of sea stars

from Hakai Magazine

John D. Rockefeller famously said that he tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity. Recently, scientists in British Columbia did just that. In 2013, an epidemic of sea star wasting disease (SSWD) all but wiped out populations along the west coast of North America. The disease devastated the marine ecosystem. Yet a clever group of marine biologists managed to find the silver lining.

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