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COOL KOALA GENOME

— their name comes from the dharug word gula, meaning “no water”. we have created a new “chromosome-length” sequence of the koala genome, which will allow researchers to study its three-dimensional structure and understand its evolution. read : new koala genome will aid efforts to defend the threatened species

SINGED

— “some animals may have been lucky enough to find refuge and survive,” says euan ritchie, an ecologist at deakin university in melbourne. “it might not always be the case that animals have been completely wiped out in these habitats, however given the scale and severity of these fires [in australia], there’s no question that, even common species and not just threatened species, will have been affected quite dramatically.” read : australian fires have incinerated habitats