New virus in Koalas to test the biotech capabilities of Australia-Industry Global News24
The biotechnology scene of the Australian continent is somewhat underestimated by the rest of the world although it has some absolute and serious potential to grow and emerge as the top biotech countries in the world. New biological discoveries paired by the technologies make the biotech scene very easy to approach and even understand.
A retrovirus called KoRV-A has been spreading through the koala population of Australia, leaving the animals vulnerable to infections and cancer which is eventually resulting in the decline of the species. The virus also invades germline cells, so some newborn koalas end up with the pathogen in the DNA of every cell in their bodies which will be carried out to generations and eventually make the animals extinct if not taken care of now. researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Queensland are studying KoRV-A to gain new insights into how retroviruses change the evolution of DNA through the use of biotechnology of the genome mapping and gene reorganization and programming. And they've discovered that the genome has its own immune system-one that determines how the DNA of a species changes over time which can lead to some very weird and even fatal consequences for the species.
The new study uncovered the process by which the genome decides what it wants to incorporate and what it wants to throw away. The key lies in spacers called introns. In genes, introns are spliced to make proteins. But retroviruses also have introns, some of which are unspliced, allowing the infection to replicate and spread. Researchers will be trying to change this and they intend to do it by genome programming that may take a while to figure out.Tags : capabilities of Australia,New virus,biotechnology scene,KoRV-A ,koala population ,species,genome ,
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