"Genetic diversity is like lottery tickets: you don't know which one will win out in the future. The more diversity they have, the more chances they have to win, and ..."
"Genetic diversity is like "genetic insurance" that will increase the populations chances of surviving these stressors and persisting into the future."
"There are several biodiversity analogies relevant to technology: genetic diversity is like diversity within a language (e.g., indentation and commenting styles), species diversity is like differences among languages (e.g., strongly versus weakly typed), and ecological system diversity is like the degree of difference among a system of languages (e.g., interpreted versus compiled, open source versus commercial)"
"This is critical, because genetic diversity is like a
library of biological possibilities that have worked
well during past climate variability, representing
the sum of "tools" available to prepare forests for
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