Koala virus could explain why humans have 'junk' DNA

The University of Queensland News Aug 10, 2018

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.

Virologist Professor Paul Young, the Head of UQ’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, said the team has...

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