Latest Devil facial tumour disease Stories

Tasmanian Devil Cancer Vaccine One Step Closer
2013-03-12 07:43:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A contagious form of cancer has brought the Tasmanian devil to the edge of extinction, but new hope for the carnivorous marsupial could soon be on the way in the form of a vaccine. It was less than two decades ago that scientists first discovered the ailment known as devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), which spreads from one mammal to another when they bite each other on the face during a fight, researchers from the University of...

Tasmanian Devils Should Be Less Aggressive To Survive
2012-09-05 10:13:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tasmanian devils are carnivorous marsupials found on the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil is known for its muscular build, black fur, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell and ferocity when feeding. That ferocity is causing the problem, and maybe the extinction of the animal. Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD), a fatal infectious cancer spread by...

Culling Won’t Help Tasmanian Devil Populations
2011-10-05 08:45:59

Populations of Tasmanian devils in parts of Australia are suffering from Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) that has wiped out more than 90 percent of individual animals in some areas. Because of this, the animals have been the subject of a culling, or a purposeful killing of a large number of the animals, with hopes of removing the cancer from the general population. Conservation biologists began the cull in 2004. However a study in the Journal of Applied Ecology confirms that the...

2011-07-26 22:15:16

Cancer patients may view their tumors as parasites taking over their bodies, but this is more than a metaphor for Peter Duesberg, a molecular and cell biology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Cancerous tumors are parasitic organisms, he said. Each one is a new species that, like most parasites, depends on its host for food, but otherwise operates independently and often to the detriment of its host. In a paper published in the July 1 issue of the journal Cell Cycle,...

2011-06-28 05:10:00

Modern conservationists approach on whole-genome analyses of two Tasmanian devils drives efforts to save the species from extinction, a study revealed on Monday. Tasmanian devils are a type of marsupial found exclusively in the wild of the Australian island-state of Tasmania that currently are suffering from a contagious cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). DFTD disfigures the victim and death comes from starvation or suffocation within months of infection. This unusual cancer...

2011-01-20 22:06:25

A curious contagious cancer, found in dogs, wolves and coyotes, can repair its own genetic mutations by adopting genes from its host animal, according to a new study in the journal Science. Scientists at Imperial College London have uncovered an unusual process that helps the cancer survive by stealing tiny DNA-containing 'powerhouses' (known as mitochondria) from the cells of the infected animal, to incorporate as its own. They say this may be because genes in the tumour's own mitochondria...

2010-09-01 14:08:49

Researchers said Wednesday that a Tasmanian devil named Cedric has been euthanized after succumbing to a contagious facial cancer that the animal was once thought to be immune too. The devil's death is another blow for scientists trying to put an end to the rapid spread of the cancer, which is transmitted when the black marsupials bite each other. "It was very disappointing indeed," said scientist Alex Kreiss of the Menzies Research Institute in Hobart, Tasmania, which has led the studies...

2009-12-31 14:35:00

Cells that protect nerves are the likely origin of the Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) that has been devastating Australia's Tasmanian devil population, an international team of scientists has discovered. Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) is a transmissible cancer that affects only Tasmanian devils and was first reported in 1996. It is spread by biting and quickly kills the animals. The disease is characterized by large tumors, mostly on the face and mouth, which often spread to internal...

2009-08-19 14:18:07

University of Tasmania scientists in Australia say they are using radio collars to study the social networking of Tasmanian devils to prevent their extinction. The researchers, led by Rodrigo Hamede, said the Tasmanian devil -- the largest marsupial carnivore in existence -- is being threatened with extinction from a unique infectious cancer known as devil facial tumor disease. Devils are usually solitary animals, and the disease is thought to spread through biting when devils interact...

2009-08-19 09:00:00

Study of wild devil interaction is key to understanding new extinction-threatening diseaseA new study into the social networks of Tasmanian devils may help prevent the further spread of an extinction-threatening disease. The research, published in Ecology Letters, has produced an intricate social network of devil social relationships, revealing how disease can spread through a population.The Tasmanian devil is the largest marsupial carnivore in existence, yet it is threatened with extinction...

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