1. Posted on 2 March, 2012

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    newshour:

Coral sex just got a little more interesting
A team of Australian scientists has found that when exposed to turbulence, many coral embryos will break into genetically identical pieces, each with the ability to develop into its own fully functioning organism.
Coral eggs (pictured here) are rich in waxy fat, which provides energy during development, and buoyancy, helping them float to the ocean surface during spawning.

    newshour:

    Coral sex just got a little more interesting

    A team of Australian scientists has found that when exposed to turbulence, many coral embryos will break into genetically identical pieces, each with the ability to develop into its own fully functioning organism.

    Coral eggs (pictured here) are rich in waxy fat, which provides energy during development, and buoyancy, helping them float to the ocean surface during spawning.