New insights into the biology of Red Sea deep-sea corals

26 July, 2017

In our latest publication, Yum et al. shed new light on the biology of three deep-sea coral species from the central Red Sea. Using reference transcriptomes and expression profiles, they were able to identify numerous metabolic pathways that may enable these corals to flourish under extreme environmental conditions. Among these, mitochondrial hypometabolism and anaerobic glycolysis may be a crucial tool forcoping with the low oxygen concentrations of the Red Sea deep-sea.