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The Koala Who Could

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These magnificent mammals get their name form an Aboriginal * term meaning, ‘ no drink’. It’s believed this is because koalas get almost all their moisture from the leaves they eat, and rarely drink water.Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Institute for Systems Genomics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA This is a punctuation activity that encourages your class to add in the capital letters and full stops to complete the sentences. Discuss strategies that we can use when something in life is changing. How can we help others when their life is changing?

the koala genome Adaptation and conservation insights from the koala genome

Li, R. et al. The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome. Nature 463, 311–317 (2010).We analyzed populations of recent koala samples using 1,200 SNPs derived from targeted capture libraries mapped to the koala genome ( Supplementary Note). We found notable levels of genetic diversity with limited fine-scale differentiation consistent with long-term connectivity across regions. We found evidence of low genetic diversity in southern koalas, consistent with a recent history of sequential translocations 8, 68, 70, 71 (Fig. 3b,c). At a continental scale, we show biogeographic barriers to gene flow associated with the Brisbane Valley and Clarence River, as identified by mtDNA studies 68, 72, and find a barrier associated with the Hunter Valley, which was not previously known in koalas (Fig. 3b). Levels of inbreeding varied across regions (Fig. 3c), but the northern populations most under threat in New South Wales and Queensland show high levels of genetic diversity. When an infant koala – called a joey– is born, it immediately climbs up to its mother’s pouch. Blind and earless, a joey uses its strong sense of touch and smell,as well as natural instinct, to find its way.

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