Tasmanian Devils Fight Facial Cancer Animals Biology Health 

Tasmanian Devils Fight Facial Cancer

By Norman Rusin @normanrusin The Tasmanian devil is a natural-born fighter, but a transmissible facial cancer has devastated Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) populations in the past 20 years. Overall, the species has lost more than 80 percent of its individuals, and in some areas, more than 90 percent of the population has been wiped out by the cancer, bringing these feisty animals to the brink of extinction. Despite this, devil populations persist in disease-stricken areas, thanks to the development of an immune response to the disease. This development was found…

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