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The cell specificity of gene expression in the response to heat stress in corals

control image of coral

control image of coral

Mar 7 2017

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by: N. Traylor-Knowles, N. H. Rose, S. R. Palumbi

Previous transcriptional studies in heat stressed corals have shown that many genes are responsive to generalized heat stress whereas the expression patterns of specific gene networks after heat stress show strong correlations with variation in bleaching outcomes. However, where these specific genes are expressed is unknown. Here we employed in situ hybridization to identify patterns of spatial gene expression of genes previously predicted to be involved in general stress response and bleaching.