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When the Ocean Gets Choppy, Corals Clone

Divided Embryos Vary in Size

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Photo: Heyward & Negri, AIMS

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Divided Embryos Vary in Size

As coral embryos divide, the size of the component cells gets smaller. This image shows early larvae of three different diameters, which were produced by subjecting coral embryos to turbulence. The resulting fragments and embryonic cells were then cultured until they developed into larvae the next day.

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