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Rutgers Findings May Predict the Future of Coral Reefs in a Changing World
June 6, 2013
Rutgers scientists have described for the first time, the biological process of how corals create their skeletons, which form massive and ecologically vital coral reefs in the world's oceans. The scientists identified specific proteins secreted by corals that precipitate carbonate to form the corals' characteristic skeleton.
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