Herpes-Like Virus Emerges in Stressed-Out Coral Reefs

Long-term stress may trigger herpes outbreaks in humans, and the same could be true in the Great Barrier Reef.

While examining samples taken from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, researchers from Oregon State University happened to observe coral as it went through a bleaching event. The team noticed that viral populations on the coral multiplied after samples had turned white. One of viruses described by researchers in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology  is morphologically similar

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