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Genetic variation as a cause for thermal tolerance in Persian Gulf corals Public

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  • Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to increase in temperature, threatening many populations of organisms. Corals are of particular concern, due to both their ecological importance and sensitivity to high temperatures. Coral populations in the Persian Gulf, however, have been surviving in normally-lethal thermal conditions. An analysis of specific genetic regions was conducted to determine if this regional thermal tolerance was related to certain enzymatic adaptations. Two lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) regions for three coral genera were sequenced and aligned to compare for substitutions between two separate regions. 2 out of 17 differences were found to be statistically significant. Despite this low significance rate, the overall process serves as a trial run for future endeavors. Key Words: corals, thermal tolerance, biochemical adaptation, LDH, protein alignment
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