Burramys Genetic Rescue Team, including Dr Andrew Weeks, announced as finalists in the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Congratulations to Dr Andrew Weeks and the Burramys Genetic Rescue Team for their nomination as a finalist in in the Research Innovation Category of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

The Burramys Genetic Rescue Team is a collaboration of reasearchers from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Mount Buller Mount Stirling Resort Management and UNSW.

The unique Mountain Pygmy Possum population of Mt Buller had been isolated for 20,000 years but was facing imminent extinction just ten years after it was discovered. Through a program of cross breeding isolated populations of the threatened species, the Burramys Genetic Rescue Team was able to boost genetic variation, translating to population growth, healthy breeding and improved survival rates. Australia’s first genetic rescue has become a template for saving other species under threat.

Watch the video here: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/nwo6