Thursday, December 7, 2017

Long-read Koala Assembly Provides Insight into Ongoing Retroviral Invasion

What can one koala tell us about an endemic that threatens the survival of its species? A great deal, it turns out. While doing a deep dive into the genome of a wild female koala, a team of Australian scientists led by Matthew Hobbs and Andrew King of the Australian Museum Research Institute were able to unravel some of the complexity of the species-specific gammaretrovirus KoRV. The results, published recently in Nature, paint a picture of a rapidly evolving and diversifying virus, with implications for the long-term survival of the koala, as well as our understanding of retroviral-host species interactions.…

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