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Coral IVF Offers Hope for World’s Threatened Reefs

A small laboratory nestling in the bowels of one of London’s more eccentric museums is an unlikely venue for a breakthrough scientists hope can help save the world’s coral reefs.

Perched on a hill in South East London, the Horniman is best known for its collection of stuffed animals – including a giant walrus – and a vast display of musical instruments.

But tucked away from prying eyes, a team of four led by aquarium curator Jamie Craggshave become the first British scientists to use IVF to artificially reproduce coral.

It is not the first time this has been done globally. What makes this achievement unique is the team appear to have worked out why and when corals decide to spawn, previously a mystery.

Gareth Williams


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