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2010-06-25 07:20:00

Biologist Mikhail Matz uses next-generation sequencers and a massive, NSF-supported supercomputer to study corals at the genomic level and look for evolutionary changes Our oceans are getting warmer and more acidic every year; as a result, coral reefs are rapidly declining. Biologist Mikhail Matz is monitoring this process at the genomic level, in anticipation of evolutionary developments that may signal better news. "Corals have a substantial potential to evolve, and this is the high time...

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2009-05-12 07:53:00

A nearly complete collection of genes for a species of reef-building coral has been assembled by a team led by biologists from The University of Texas at Austin. The scientists will use the genetic data to understand natural variations in corals from around the world and how they respond, at the genetic level, to rising water temperatures. "One of the most important questions for coral biologists is whether it will be possible for corals to adapt to the warming oceans," says Eli Meyer,...