Koala genome project reveals secrets about its toxic diet and disease

An Australian-led team of scientists has sequenced the complete koala genome.

The genetic blueprint contains more than 26,000 genes, including a number of novel genes related to their diet and immune system.

This is important for conservation and the development of treatments for devastating diseases such as chlamydia and koala retrovirus.

Read the full story by Genelle Weule on ABC Science online.