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Coral Evolution In Action

This image shows the natural fluorescence of Acropora millepora under a dissecting microscope—a rare morph with cyan-colored tentacles. With ocean temperatures and acidity levels increasing more every year, coral reefs are rapidly declining. Mikhail Matz, a biologist at the University of Texas at Austin, is monitoring this process at the genomic level. Matz, an expert on coral DNA, says that corals have a substantial potential to evolve and he will watch this process very closely using next-generation gene sequencing devices to study the coral's genetic makeup.

Visit Website | Image credit: Mikhail V. Matz, University of Texas, Austin; Jörg Wiedenmann, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton