Devil facial tumour disease

Devil facial tumour disease causes tumours to form in and around the mouth

Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) is an aggressive non-viral clonally transmissible cancer which affects Tasmanian devils, a marsupial native to Australia.[1][2] DFTD was first described in 1996.[2] In the subsequent decade the disease ravaged Tasmania's wild devils. Affected high-density populations had up to 100% mortality in 12–18 months.[3] Between 1996 and 2015, DFTD wiped out 95% of affected populations.[4]

  1. ^ Taylor, Robyn L.; Zhang, Yiru; Schöning, Jennifer P.; Deakin, Janine E. (18 August 2017). "Identification of candidate genes for devil facial tumour disease tumourigenesis | Scientific Reports". Scientific Reports. 7 (1): 8761. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08908-9. PMC 5562891. PMID 28821767.
  2. ^ a b Bender HS (2010). "23. Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD): Using genetics and genomics to investigate infectious disease in an endangered marsupial". In Waters PD, Deakin JE, Marshall Graves JA (eds.). Marsupial genetics and genomics. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 499–516. ISBN 9789048190232.
  3. ^ "Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment". Archived from the original on 21 September 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  4. ^ Wahlquist C (30 December 2015). "Tasmanian devils can catch second strain of facial cancer, say scientists". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-27.

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