UWA receives $1.5 million funding boost for WA Genome Atlas

  • Lotterywest grant supports innovative genomic technology hub
  • University of Western Australia project maps DNA of native animals and plants
  • Providing scientific knowledge on species under threat
  • Our State’s unique native species have been given a major boost, with University of Western Australia researchers benefiting from a $1,549,756 lottery grant.

    The funding will go towards building a research hub for genomics, genetics, computer sciences, mathematics and software engineering.

    It will support the WA Genome Atlas project to create a database for up to 100 native species, with priority given to those most at risk of becoming extinct.

    To mark the occasion, the world’s first full 3D DNA maps will be released for three marsupials dubbed ‘The Three Muskaroos’ – the Western brush wallaby, swamp wallaby and Matschie’s tree-kangaroo.

    The WA Genome Atlas is part of a global initiative, with more than 60 partners worldwide, mapping the DNA of animals and making that information freely available for conservation purposes.

    The State Government through Lotterywest has approved 89 grants to UWA since 1998, totalling $26,841,181. 

    As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

    “We must invest in technology and scientific research that will deliver a deeper understanding of our native species.

    “This leading research will unlock invaluable information on our wildlife and play a crucial role in our conservation efforts.

    “This investment is a game-changer and will help researchers preserve WA’s unique biodiversity for the future.”

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