Researchers find coral can change physiology to survive warming seas

04/24/2014 | Nature (free content)

When oceans become warmer or acidic, coral reef apparently have the ability to change their physiology to survive, researchers have discovered. Studying coral off Ofu Island in American Samoa, researchers found that the coral can use their genes to turn on heat-resistant proteins. "What we don't know is what their limits are, and when those limits are going to be reached by future climate change," said marine biologist Stephen Palumbi of Stanford University.

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