November 06, 2006

Koala Klones

No, we don't eat Blinky Bill.

A joint project between Parks and Wildlife, UQ, Dreamworld, Curumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleay's Wildlife Park and the Zoological Society of London has
resulted in the founding of the world's first koala sperm bank and the successful birth of a batch of IVF clone koala joeys.

The use of a searchable gene database allows screening for certain defects, such as bacterial and viral susceptibility, present in wild koala populations.

It's all good news for a not-so tasty Australian icon.

I do have to say though that the image looks photoshopped - it's probably just been artificially enhanced.

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