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Biocontrol

Crown-of-thorns no more

The starfish Acanthaster planci destroys coral reefs. Whole- genome sequences provide clues to the proteins that mediate A. planci outbreaks — information that might be used to help protect coral. See Letter p.231

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Figure 1: A crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) devours coral, leaving behind white bones.

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Medina, M. Crown-of-thorns no more. Nature 544, 169–170 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21905

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