Friday, July 19, 2024

Scientists Manage In Vitro Fertilization Of Corals

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Scientists have managed to artificially inseminate coral eggs and grow those corals to the juvenile stage using a technique called “assisted gene flow.”

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

“The corals produced by this technique demonstrate the reproductive compatibility of coral colonies that would otherwise be too far apart to produce offspring in the wild.

“Flash-frozen sperm collected from corals in Florida and Puerto Rico was used to fertilize coral eggs from hundreds of miles away in Curaçao. Hundreds of juvenile Elkhorn corals from this effort now represent the largest wildlife population ever grown from cryopreservation.”

The scientists published the results of their work in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” To read the paper, click here.

(Featured image credit: Chris Page)

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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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