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Anemones take the heat with a little help from their friends

Anemones take the heat with a little help from their friends

Anemones take the heat with a little help from their friends

A core set of heat-stress-response genes has been identified in anemones in a study that also highlights the role of symbiotic algae in coping with temperature, an important revelation for planning conservation efforts. Researchers from KAUSTs Red Sea Research Center profiled gene transcripts and proteins expressed by sea anemonesthree strains of the model organism Aiptasia pallidafrom locations that experience different temperatures throughout the year: North Carolina, Hawaii and the Red Sea. Read more >>> Read more

Coral tricks for adapting to ocean acidification

Coral tricks for adapting to ocean acidification

Coral tricks for adapting to ocean acidification

A process that changes the regulation of genes could help corals acclimatize to the impacts of global warming. Cells commonly control gene expression by adding a methyl group to part of the DNA, changing how the information on the DNA is read without changing its genetic code. Researchers at KAUST wanted to investigate whether DNA methylation could play a role in helping corals adapt to climate change. Read more >>> Read more

Mapping movements of ocean creatures great and small

Mapping movements of ocean creatures great and small

Mapping movements of ocean creatures great and small

A whale and a turtle differ in size, shape and lifestyle but their patterns of movement are surprisingly similar, reveals the largest collection of movement data for a diverse group of large marine vertebrates. A team of 58 researchers from nine countries and 45 research institutions has collated a satellite telemetry dataset for a diverse set of large marine megafauna: it includes more than 2.8 million locations from more than 2,600 tracked individual animals. And for some species it includes data from as long ago as 1985. Read more >>> Read more
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