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Scientists help create world’s largest coral gene database

Coral reefs – stunning, critical habitats for an enormous array of prized fish and other species – have survived five major extinction events over the last 250 million years. Now, an international team of scientists has conducted the world’s most comprehensive analysis of coral genes, focusing on how their evolution has allowed corals to interact with and adapt to the environment. A second study shows – for the first time – how stony corals create their hard skeletons, using proteins as key ingredients.

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