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Lessons from the deep Red Sea

The discovery of corals in warm nutrient-poor waters in the Red Sea offers a look at adaption to environmental changes.

by Louise Sarant

The discovery of corals in the warm, deep waters of the Red Sea will help scientists understand how reefs respond to climate change and which genetic and epigenetic adaptations allow them to survive warm temperatures. A team from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) found six species of corals dwelling between 200 and 800 metres in Red Sea waters, at temperatures exceeding 20C, previously thought too warm to support corals usually found in cooler, shallower waters.

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