Gov't protection before publishing new species info

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As the rush to discover new species continues, several scientists recommend that consideration be made to government protection before a scientific journal article is published. In a letter to the journal Science (Science 26 May 2006), scientists from the United States and Laos provide an interesting and relevant discussion on how the information found in the journals provide spatial information for poachers to aid in the collection of these new and often rare species for the pet trade. The article mentions how one species of salamander, Paramesotriton laoensis, previously not known to be within the pet trade, started being collected and sold following journal publication which included locations of where the salamander could be found.

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