Assisted evolution of corals

The Great Barrier Reef was in the news a lot this year, for all the wrong reasons.

Climate change and a strong El Nino season have caused the bleaching of almost a quarter of its coral, and many marine scientists believe that stretches of the reef will not be able to recover.

But recently scientists found that some of the algae that live within corals are surprisingly resilient to rising temperatures and even ocean acidification.

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