Hope for the Tasmanian devil?

Tasmanian devil

Scientists at the University of Tasmania may have found the  source of a deadly facial cancer in the Tasmanian devil, a dog-like marsupial animal. The wild population has dropped 60% since the cancer was noted in 1966. The cancer spreads between animals when they fight. Unlike the mild genital cancer of dogs, which acts like an independent parasitte, this one kills. The cancer seems to have originated in Schwann cells, giving scientists their first clue as to how to diagnose it. and perhaps to treat it.  (Schwann cells are glial cells of the peripheral nervous system.)


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