Coral Clones

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

Hannah Waters
Mar 1, 2012

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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