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Adaptation and conservation insights from the koala genome

Johnson, Rebecca N.; O'Meally, Denis; Chen, Zhiliang; Etherington, Graham J.; Ho, Simon; Nash, Will J.; Gruber, Catherine E.; Cheng, Yuanyuan; Whittington, Camilla M; Dennison, Siobhan; Bragg, Jason; Graves, Jennifer; Patel, Hardip


The koala, the only extant species of the marsupial family Phascolarctidae, is classified as ‘vulnerable’ due to habitat loss and widespread disease. We sequenced the koala genome, producing a complete and contiguous marsupial reference genome, including centromeres. We reveal that the koala’s ability to detoxify eucalypt foliage may be due to expansions within a cytochrome P450 gene family, and its ability to smell, taste and moderate ingestion of plant secondary metabolites may be due to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Genetics
DOI: 10.1038/s41588-018-0153-5
Access Rights: Open Access


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