From their diet to their diseases, koalas are pretty special. Now researchers have sequenced the koala’s genome, unlocking the secrets that make these fuzzy fellas so unique. The genome is revealing everything from how koalas cope with munching poisonous eucalyptus leaves, to how they respond to chlamydia infections. The hope is that these insights will not only help us understand these fascinating marsupials, but also aid conservation efforts across Australia.
Professor Mark Blaxter, Lead of the Tree of Programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, explains how the Darwin Tree of Life project will help conservation efforts across the UK. The ambitious project aims to ultimately read the DNA code (genomes) of all 60,000 complex species (birds, animals, fish, plants and parasites) found in the UK.WATCH NOW