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Transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils

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Transmissible cancers are clonal cell lineages that “metastasise” between individuals by the physical transfer of living cancer cells. Tasmanian devils, marsupial carnivores endemic to the Australian island of Tasmania, are endangered due to a transmissible facial cancer that has spread widely and rapidly through their population. I will discuss our genetic analysis of transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils; I will also present evidence for the recent emergence of a second transmissible facial cancer in this species.

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