Novel Genetic Diversity Through Somatic Mutations : Fuel for Adaptation of Reef Corals ?

  title={Novel Genetic Diversity Through Somatic Mutations : Fuel for Adaptation of Reef Corals ?},
  author={Madeleine J. H. van Oppen and Petra Souter and Emily J. Howells and Andrew Heyward and Ray Berkelmans},
Adaptation of reef corals to climate change is an issue of much debate, and often viewed as too slow a process to be of relevance over decadal time scales. This notion is based on the long sexual generation times typical for some coral species. However, the importance of somatic mutations during asexual reproduction and growth on evolution and adaptation (i.e., cell lineage selection) is rarely considered. Here we review the existing literature on cell lineage selection and show that the scope… CONTINUE READING
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