Cancer plaguing Tasmanian devils began in one animal's nerve cells

Genetics provide a starting point for diagnosis and potential vaccines

2:15pm, December 31, 2009

Scientists have discovered the true identity of a contagious form of cancer that is killing Tasmanian devils. The cancer, called devil facial tumor disease, stems from cells that normally insulate nerve fibers, a new study shows.

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