Chlamydia Koalas

For koalas and humans, the shared misery of chlamydia may also reap benefits for both species.
 
Koalas are particularly susceptible to harsh chlamydia symptoms like cysts and severe inflammation. But otherwise, the disease manifests similarly to human cases—essentially “wreaking reproductive havoc.” That means research into human chlamydia has proven advantageous to researchers developing vaccine candidates for koalas, which may in turn lead to a vaccine for humans.
 
And that would be invaluable: chlamydia is the most common STD on earth; 131 million new cases are reported every year. Ideally, such a vaccine would be combined with the HPV vaccine that’s already standard for preteens. 
 
The New York Times

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