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How an Infectious Tumor in Endangered Tasmanian Devils Evolved As It Spread – SciTechDaily

Genomic analysis may help efforts to save this endangered marsupial. A transmissible cancer in the Tasmanian devil has evolved over the past two decades, with some…

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A young Tasmanian devil. Tasmanian devils are endangered by devil facial tumor 1 (DFT1), a transmissible cancer. Credit: Maximilian Stammnitz
Genomic analysis may help efforts to save this endangered marsupial.
A transmissible cancer in the Tasmanian devil has evolved over the past two decades, with some lineages spreading and replacing others, according to a new study in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Young Mi Kwon, Kevin Gori, and Elizabeth Murchison of the University of Cambridge (UK)…

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