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Coral Clones

The colorful and fragile start to the life of a living reef

By | March 1, 2012

Coral eggs are often pink in color, forming pink slicks across the top of the ocean’s surface during mass spawning events.

Coral eggs are often pink in color, forming pink slicks across the top of the ocean’s surface during mass spawning events.

HEYWARD AND NEGRI, AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE

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Coral embryos drifting in rough ocean waves are essentially naked, with no protective membrane to keep them from breaking apart in the turbulence. The individual cells fragmented from the embryo are able to develop into new coral embryos and into adulthood in the lab, smaller in size but viable, according to new research published in Science.

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