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The Australian government recently listed koalas on the threatened species list. Captive management of koalas requires keeping them free of pathogens; however, disease is a problem for both captive and wild animals. Researchers will determine whether the koala retrovirus (KoRV) and newly discovered KoRV variants play a direct role in the development of common koala cancers, such as lymphoma. Results from this study will be used to implement strategies to limit exposure and transmission to virus-free animals both in captive and wild populations, and to develop effective antiretroviral therapies or vaccines.

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Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
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Alex D. Greenwood, PhD
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