What percent coral are you? New research shows genetic overlap with humans

| | June 2, 2016
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UH Mānoa scientists at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology have published new research showing that corals share many of the genes humans possess, especially those that can sense temperature and acidity, both of which are important to keeping both coral and humans healthy.

The findings, published in the journal eLife, are the result of the world’s most comprehensive analysis of . The international research team focused on how corals reefs, the most diverse marine ecosystems on Earth, have evolved to allow them to interact with and adapt to their environment.

In a separate study also published this month, the international research team explained the origin and evolution of the unique genes that allow corals to create hard skeletons. That research is reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

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