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Online Encyclopedia of All Plants and Animals: Encyclopedia of Life Provides Clues on Aging, Pests

An online encyclopedia aiming to describe every type of animal and plant on the planet has reached 170,000 entries and is helping research into aging, climate change and even the spread of insect pests. The “Encyclopedia of Life” www.eol.org, a project likely to cost $100 million launched in 2007, says it wants to describe all the 1.8 million known species from apples to zebras within a decade. “We’re picking up speed,” James Edwards, EOL Executive Director based at the Smithsonian Institution  in Washington, said Sunday of the 170,000 entries with content in a common format vetted by experts. A year ago, it had 30,000 entries. For a link to the Smithsonian, go to: http://www.si.edu/ For the “Encyclopedia of Life,” visit: http://www.eol.org/

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