The Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) has wiped out 85 percent of the devils' population (Photo credit: Save the Tasmanian Devil)
Cambridge scientists have unveiled new data on the mechanisms of a contagious tumor that threatens Tasmanian devils (Photo credit: Save the Tasmanian Devil)
While many animals face extinction due to poaching or loss of habitat, Tasmanian devil numbers are sbeing dramatically reduced due to a contagious tumor with a mortality rate of 100 percent. Called Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD), it kills the animal in a matter of months. Now fresh research from the University of Cambridge has delivered new data on the mechanism of the disease which could increase the chances of developing a vaccine.
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