Koala genes might reveal how they survive a toxic diet
With their fuzzy gray bums and adorable faces, koalas are one of Australia’s most iconic megafauna. A new paper published today in Nature Genetics documents the sequencing of the critter’s genome. Peering into the koala’s genes offers researchers insights into how it survives on its (toxic) diet of eucalyptus, and will help them figure out how to save this endangered cutie. The paper’s findings offer evidence for why having a complete genome for endangered animals can help shape conservation decisions.