Coral Fights Back Against Warming Seas

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In the world of coral reefs, most of the news is pretty gloomy. Rising ocean temperatures have led to massive die-offs; emissions-driven acidity could dissolve corals’ structure-building ability; rising sea levels threaten to block sunlight;etc…

But a study out Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science from a group of Stanford geneticists suggests that coral might have more of a fighting spirit than we gave them credit for.