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IVF for Coral

Saving coral reefs with IVF: Princeton IVF blog

Saving the coral reefs with assisted reproduction

In vitro fertilization to save Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs

 

IVF has been used to help couples with infertility for decades but could it now be used help save world's coral reefs too?

Researchers think so. Scientists in the UK, Australia and the US are experimenting with using a technique very similar to in vitro fertilization to help restore the coral reefs of  the world. In turns out that coral are very poor at reproducing  and restoring their populations following environmental insults such as climate change or storms. They are hoping to use techniques similar to those used in helping infertile couples conceive to reseed bleached areas in the reefs.

Only time will tell if this will work.