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Posted: 11/1/2006 10:37:08 PM EST
www.newscientist.com/article/dn10403-koala-semen-has-shelflife-boosted.html

Koala semen has shelf-life boosted
14:42 30 October 2006
NewScientist.com news service
Emma Young

Eight koala joeys have been born after artificial insemination using a new technique in which semen was diluted with an agent to lengthen its shelf-life to 40 days.

This method will allow fresh koala sperm to be shipped around Australia and even overseas, say the researchers behind the project.

On Monday, Steve Johnston at the University of Queensland and his team unveiled three of eight joeys born after sperm was mixed with a solution designed to keep the sperm alive during storage. A range of experiments went into producing the solution, which included varying its pH (acidity), or the chemicals used to provide nourishment for the cells.

But insemination itself seems to be involved in triggering ovulation in koalas, so there were concerns that diluting sperm might also dilute the factors involved in this. “Now we’ve shown that we can dilute and still get insemination,” says Johnston.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 10:40:23 PM EST
So is that an item that will soon show up on E-Bay?
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 10:43:33 PM EST
It seems to me that leaving the semen in the Koala would provide nearly indefinate self life. It would even have a built in injector.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 11:03:49 PM EST
Excellent news indeed...now I can re-adjust my inventory levels.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 11:18:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2006 11:18:43 PM EST by Magurgle]
So with the ability to ship it far away will the demand go up, and more importantly will I be able to get my dream job, koala jerker-offer. As of right now it is only a hobby.
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 11:20:19 PM EST
Yes, but how does koala's seamen compare to goats?
Link Posted: 11/1/2006 11:31:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/1/2006 11:31:56 PM EST by Magurgle]

Originally Posted By BulletBait:
Yes, but how does koala's seamen compare to goats?



Much smoother finish and a nutty after taste, also the bouquet is very pleasant.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 12:08:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By Magurgle:

Originally Posted By BulletBait:
Yes, but how does koala's seamen compare to goats?



Much smoother finish and a nutty after taste, also the bouquet is very pleasant.


I don't even want to know how you know that.
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