Koala virus could explain why humans have ‘junk’ DNA

8 Aug 2018

Koala in tree

A koala virus could help researchers explain millions of years of accumulated ‘junk’ DNA in the human genome.

An international team of researchers – including scientists from The University of Queensland – is studying a virus infecting koalas in the hope it could demonstrate how viruses have altered the DNA of humans and other species throughout history.

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