Topics » Science & Technology   Feb. 28, 2012

When the Ocean Gets Choppy, Corals Clone

Fragile Embryos

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Photo: Heyward & Negri, AIMS

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Fragile Embryos

After fertilization, coral embryos are extremely fragile and vulnerable to breaking apart when exposed to even mild ocean turbulence. But in many cases, when broken apart, stem cells are able to continue developing into a complete coral polyp.

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