Tas­ma­nian devil fights back against can­cer

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Sci­en­tists have pro­duced the first ev­i­dence that show the im­mune sys­tems of wild Tas­ma­nian devils can fight back against the con­ta­gious face can­cer that has pushed the species to the brink of ex­tinc­tion. In a race against the clock, sci­en­tists have been look­ing for a way – a cure or vac­cine – to save the car­niv­o­rous mar­su­pi­als, which live ex­clu­sively on the Aus­tralian is­land state with which they share a name. Strange fa­cial tu­mours showed up in the mid-1990s, and have since wiped out some 80 per­cent of the Tas­ma­nian devil pop­u­la­tion.

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