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Koala retrovirus: a genome invasion in real time

Jonathan P Stoye

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Division of Virology, National Institute for Medical Research, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA, UK

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Genome Biology 2006, 7:241  doi:10.1186/gb-2006-7-11-241

Published: 21 November 2006

Abstract

Koalas are currently undergoing a wave of germline infections by the retrovirus KoRV. Study of this phenomenon not only provides an opportunity for understanding the processes regulating retrovirus endogenization but may also be essential to preventing the extinction of the species.