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Coral tricks for adapting to ocean acidification

PHYS.ORG:   A process that changes the regulation of genes could help corals acclimatize to the impacts of global warming.

They placed colonies of the smooth cauliflower coral, Stylophora pistillata, in seawater aquariums with varying  for two years. Ocean acidification is a consequence of climate change and hinders the ability of corals to produce the calcium carbonate skeleton they need to maintain their structures. The researchers hypothesized that DNA methylation might allow corals to mitigate these effects by changing the way they grow.

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