Gene Editing to Preserve a Delicate Symbiotic Relationship - Gene Editing to Preserve a Delicate Symbiotic Relationship One of the things that I learned

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Gene Editing to Preserve a Delicate Symbiotic Relationship One of the things that I learned was that Corals have a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with algae because the coral provides the algae with a protected environment and compounds they need for photosynthesis; while in return, the algae produce oxygen and help the coral to remove wastes. I also learned that we have lost over 50 percent of the world's coral reefs in the last 30 years and that 30 percent of the coral reefs lost was in the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs are being lost in such massive number s because of coral bleaching. Coral bleaching occurs when corals are exposed to higher water temperatures over time, pollution, or overexposure to sunlight. These factors causes the coral to “expel” their algae and as a result lose their major source of food. Without much food, the coral turns very pale or white and are very susceptible to disease and mortality. Recently, scientists have been using CRISPR, a gene editing system to modify
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