Tasmanian Devils Evolving Genetic Resistance to Cancer Threatening Species

August 30, 2016 8:15 PM

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Tasmanian Devils Evolving Genetic Resistance to Cancer Threatening Species

Tasmanian devils are evolving genetic resistance to a contagious and deadly cancer that's been pushing the endangered species to the brink of extinction, an international team of scientists has found.

Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), a nearly 100 percent fatal cancer first detected 20 years ago, has wiped out an estimated 80 percent of the Australian marsupials, according to a news release from Washington State University.

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