Dr Harriet Whiley
Whiley, Harriet (Associate Professor)
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Project description

Koala retrovirus is a retrovirus that is present in many populations of koalas. It has been implicated as the agent of koala immune deficiency syndrome, an AIDS-like immunodeficiency that leaves infected koalas more susceptible to infectious disease and cancers. Currently, the koala population on Kangaroo Island is thought to be free from KoRV. The project will develop a qPCR assay to detect KoRV from koala scat samples.  


Associate Professor Kirstin Ross and Professor Karen Burke da Silva

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