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Coral Transcriptome Revealed

Using a new technique for cDNA preparation, combined with the latest sequencing methods, researchers have characterized the larval transcriptome of a reef-building coral (Acropora millepora). The research team identified approximately 11,000 genes on the basis of sequence similarity with known proteins, over 30,000 markers of genetic variation, and a number of novel candidate genes for stress-related processes. The characterization of the larval transcriptome for this widely studied coral will enable research into the biological processes underlying stress responses in corals and their evolutionary adaptation to global climate change. This work was published in BMC Genomics. [Press release] [BMC Genomics article]