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Sunscreen killing coral reefs

Oxybenzone, a UV-filtering compound used in sunscreens, has been found in high concentrations in the waters around popular coral reefs in Hawaii and the Caribbean. According to new research, the chemical not only kills coral, it causes DNA damage in adults and deforms the DNA in coral in the larval stage, making it unlikely they […]

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Ancient Proto-Eyes Turned-On By Moonlight

Australian and Israeli researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) have discovered what makes moonlight a catalyst for romance. They have identified ancient light-sensitive genes, known as a cryptochromes, that occur in corals, fish and humans which are responsible for triggering the annual mass spawning of Great Barrier Reef corals […]

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