The scientists will use the genetic data to understand natural variations in corals from around the world and how they respond, at the genetic level, to rising water temperatures.
Their analysis revealed about 11,000 different genes in the widely studied Pacific coral, Acropora millepora.
Meyer and Matz published their findings in the journal BMC Genomics, but the gene sequences and markers were made public online directly following their availability.Researchers from around the world have already begun to use the data. They are studying diverse aspects of coral biology such as response to stress, synchronization of mass spawning and relatedness of coral populations across the Pacific.
Matz and Meyer say their method can be used to study the genes of any other organism that isn't yet common to genomic research.
"In about one month's time, you can now have almost a complete catalog of any organism's genes," says Matz.
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