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Research into chlamydia may help Fraser Coast koalas

Research into chlamydia may help Fraser Coast koalas 17th Feb 2014 8:26 AM THE Fraser Coast’s dwindling koala population may benefit from the work of two scientists researching the use of vaccines to fight the deadly chlamydia bacterium. Professor of Microbiology Peter Timms, of Buddina, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Adam Polkinghorne, of Zillmere, have…read more

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Hope for koala as scientists make genetic breakthrough

Hope for koalas fight against Chlamydia as scientists make genetic breakthrough

Hope for koala as scientists make genetic breakthrough April 10, 2013 - Melissa Davey - Health Reporter Genetic win: Professor Peter Timms, far left, with Adam Polkinghorne, Dr Rebecca Johnson and Mark Eldridge, says it was “only right” his team won the global race to diagnose and treat diseases threatening to wipe out koalas. Photo: Ben Rushton Scientists have…read more

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Disease-free koalas at risk of Chlamydia in Macarthur

Disease-free koalas at risk of chlamydia January 14, 2013 - Saffron Howden - Rural and Indigenous Affairs Reporter Blinded … a koala being treated for chlamydia at the Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre. One strain of the disease affects eyesight, the other fertility. Photo: Edwina Pickles ONE of the few koala populations unaffected by debilitating chlamydia is at imminent…read more

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Hot Australian weather causes koala illness to spike

All this heat as a result of the global warming that Tony Abbott still denies is affecting the koalas in more ways than increased threat of bush fires sweeping through   habitat vital for the survival of koala populations. The heat is bring on stress, (possibly due to dehydration) which increases the impact on the health of…read more

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What koalas can teach us about human evolution and disease.

Past Pandemics Are in Our Genes What koalas can teach us about human evolution and disease. By Carl Zimmer|Posted Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at 7:19 AM ET When koalas infected with the koala retrovirus reproduce, they pass the viral DNA along with their own to their offspring.Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images. To understand what it means…read more

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Museum pelts help date the koala retrovirus

Museum pelts help date the koala retrovirus 11 OCTOBER 2012 The genomes of most higher organisms contain sequences from retroviral genomes called endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). These are DNA copies of retroviral RNAs that are integrated into the germ line DNA of the host, and passed from parent to offspring. In most species the infections that…read more

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Peter Timms – Saving koalas with vaccine

Saving koalas – Peter Timms A vaccine developed by Queensland scientists could bring koalas back from the brink, explains Peter Timms. Peter Timms, Queensland University of Technology (Source: QUT/Queensland University of Technology) Koalas are disappearing fast from some parts of Australia. In south east Queensland along the so-called Koala Coast, south of Brisbane, koala numbers…read more

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Koalas – A Sentinel Species

Koalas are totally dictated by the habitat they live in – they are not opportunistic and they are unable to change. Cheyne Flanagan, supervisor at the Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie, explains that “koalas are the sentinel species” for the rest of the organisms that live in the same ecosystem. Koalas are like the “canary…read more

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