Hanging in There: Koalas Have Low Genetic Diversity (image) BioMed Central Share Print E-Mail Caption A species relies on genetic diversity to survive and low diversity usually indicates that there has been inbreeding due to a decrease in population size. By looking at historic mitochondrial DNA from museum samples, new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Genetics has found that koalas have had low genetic diversity for over 120 years. Credit Dr. Eveline Dungl of the Tierpark Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.