Corals’ secret weapon against warming: their genes

New research from Stanford University has revealed that certain types of coral are able to acclimatise to rising sea temperatures.

When the coral experiences a high variation in temperature over time, its gene expression alters to make it more tolerant to change and less susceptible to bleaching.

Coral bleaching occurs under stress, and can result in the death of a reef.

The new findings may help scientists to devise new methods to protect reefs, and help them to better understand the implications of global warming on coral systems.

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