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Acropora millepora genome fully sequenced

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 06, 2011 06:00 AM
Modern science sheds new light on corals; Australian scientists have completed the first total genome sequence of Acropora millepora - an iconic, fast-growing coral popular with SPS fans. The research will pave the way to better understandings of how stoney corals function on a molecular level.
Acropora millepora genome fully sequenced

Craig Bagby's Acropora millepora - A popular coral amongst reefkeepers for good reason.

Professor David Miller of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) and James Cook University states: “This project has both practical and scientific significance.  It will help us to understand how corals build reefs – and why they fail to do so when they are under stress.”

Miller goes on to say: “The Pacific coral, Acropora millepora, is already the best-characterized coral at the molecular level and has yielded important insights into the evolution of all animals.  The availability of the genome sequence will enable major advances in the understanding of many aspects of coral biology, including the responses of corals to climate change, ocean acidification, pollution and disease.”

One of the first discoveries: Scientist found corals, despite being relatively simple organisms, have genomes of similar complexity to those of humans.

The coral genome project began in 2009.

via Life Scientist

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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