Dr. Scott France examines a sample of coral collected on the  first leg of this mission. This deepwater sea fan in the family Plexauridae,  appears yellow when alive but after being preserved in ethanol for DNA studies  has leached purple pigments.

Dr. Scott France examines a sample of coral collected on the first leg of this mission. This deepwater sea fan in the family Plexauridae, appears yellow when alive but after being preserved in ethanol for DNA studies has leached purple pigments. Image Courtesy of the Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones Science Party, IFE , URI-IAO, and NOAA.

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