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Cuba's coral Eden

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Science  15 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6236, pp. 751-752
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6236.751

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Scientists wanting to do research in Cuba face a lot of hassles, having to bring in all of their equipment and enough cash to sustain the work. But for marine biologists, the effort is worth it. Thanks to limited development and extensive conservation efforts, Cuba has the best coral reefs of the region, and scientists want to know why so they can understand the decline of reefs elsewhere in the region. Because of the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, these researchers may find visiting easier but they worry that the economic development anticipated will ruin the reefs. Some predict that the visitors will be disappointed, as the reefs may not be as pristine as many think.