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Five years ago, a research team led by Dr. Rebecca Johnson (Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute) set out to learn more about koala populations, genetics, and diseases.
Their paper (Adaptation and Conservation Insights from the Koala Genome) identifies the genomic basis for the koala’s unique biology.
Genetic Diversity – The researchers also examined how geological events like habitat barriers and surface temperatures have shaped genetic diversity and population evolution.
The koala genome comes in at 3.42 billion base pairs, slightly larger than the human genome.
The research team used cfnCluster to create multiple clusters, each with 500 to 1000 vCPUs, and running Falcon from Pacific Biosciences.