Latest Devil facial tumour disease Stories
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.
A new study suggests that evolving to become less aggressive could be the key to saving the Tasmanian devil from extinction, because the less often a devil gets bitten, the more likely it is to become infected with the cancer.
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.
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.
Modern conservationists approach on whole-genome analyses of two Tasmanian devils drives efforts to save the species from extinction, a study revealed on Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new study into the social networks of Tasmanian devils may help prevent the further spread of an extinction-threatening disease.