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Viral Disease--Particularly From Herpes--Gaining Interest As Possible Cause of Coral Decline

March 27, 2012

bleached coral As corals continue to decline in abundance around the world, researchers are turning their attention to a possible cause that's almost totally unexplored--viral disease. It appears that corals harbor many different viruses-- particularly herpes. They also are home to the adenoviruses and other viral families that can cause human colds and gastrointestinal disease. Full Story

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