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Sick Sea Fans: Undersea "Doctors" to the Rescue

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collage of various pictures showing researchers, seafans and corals

In sea fans, scientists discover new immunity genes. See photo gallery for sea fan "Message in a Bottle."

Credit: NSF

 

A sea fan  with dark purple inflammation.

A sea fan fights back against disease; its response is marked by dark purple inflammation.

Credit: E. Weil


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Scientist Drew Harvell examines sea fansunder water

Scientist Drew Harvell examines sea fans in Puerto Rico for signs of recovery.

Credit: E. Weil


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A purple sea fan under water

Beautiful and healthy now, the purple sea fan may fall ill from a host of infectious diseases.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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Researcher Colleen Burge diving to prepare sea fans for a lab experiment

Researcher Colleen Burge prepares sea fans for a lab experiment on their disease response.

Credit: E. Weil


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Close-up of a sea fan recovering nicely from ocean diseases.

Close-up of formerly sick sea fan that's recovering nicely from ocean diseases.

Credit: D. Harvell


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Marine ecologist Ernesto Weil diving to look at a sick sea fan

Marine ecologist Ernesto Weil looks at a sick sea fan; he's studying sea fan immune systems.

Credit: D. Harvell


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