The Coral Symbiomics Lab
Red Sea Research Center
Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering

Publications in 2012

Evolutionary insights into scleractinian corals using comparative genomic hybridizations

‚ÄčAranda, Manuel, Michael K. DeSalvo, Till Bayer, Monica Medina, and Christian R. Voolstra. "Evolutionary Insights into Scleractinian Corals Using Comparative Genomic Hybridizations." BMC Genomics 13:501-01
Aranda Manuel, DeSalvo Michael K., Bayer Till, Medina Monica, Voolstra Christian R.
Coral reefs, Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), Microarray, Mitochondria, Evolution
‚ÄčCoral reefs belong to the most ecologically and economically important ecosystems on our planet. Yet, they are under steady decline worldwide due to rising sea surface temperatures, disease, and pollution. Understanding the molecular impact of these stressors on different coral species is imperative in order to predict how coral populations will respond to this continued disturbance. The use of molecular tools such as microarrays has provided deep insight into the molecular stress response of corals. Here, we have performed comparative genomic hybridizations (CGH) with different coral species to an Acropora palmata microarray platform containing 13,546 cDNA clones in order to identify potentially rapidly evolving genes and to determine the suitability of existing microarray platforms for use in gene expression studies (via heterologous hybridization).