Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Ph.D. is a researcher at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization that conducts research on genes and proteins that control fundamental processes in living cells to analyze diseases and finds keys to their causes, treatment, and prevention.

In this TED talk, Alvarado points out how much we can learn from nature, how research today tends to focus on only seven species, including rats, chickens, fruit flies and us. But how much we could learn from all the wonderfully abundant, diverse and mysterious creatures that inhabit the world, to solve the oldest, most challenging problems in science.