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Rutgers scientists are helping to create the world’s largest gene database- for coral! Coral reefs have survived five major extinction events, and now scientists are studying how the evolution of coral has allowed it to adapt to its environment.

“There are a few key genes in corals that allow them to build this house that laid down the foundation for many, many thousands of years of corals,” said Debashish Bhattacharya, a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources in theSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers. “It couldn’t be any more fundamental to ocean ecosystems.”

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