First look at vast 'book of life'

I came across this interesting BBC artice about a huge online database designed to enhance greatly our limited understanding of our world's diminishing biodiversity. So far, the "first 30,000 pages have been unveiled of a vast encyclopedia which aims to catalogue every one of our planet's 1.8 million species ... The creators of the database say it could have an impact on human knowledge comparable to that which followed the microscope's invention in the 1600s."

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