The cutting-edge tools could greatly expand our understanding of different species’ immune systems, and also help humans prepare for future disease outbreaks.
Aggressive behaviour exhibited by socially dominant Tasmanian devils may predispose them to infection with devil facial tumour disease.
Sebastien Compte/University of Tasmania
It’s the Tasmanian devils that enjoy the highest survival and breeding success who’re more likely to get the fatal facial tumour disease.
The deadly facial tumour can hide itself from the Tasmanian devil’s immune system.
The facial tumour cells that threaten the Tasmanian devils may use a sort of molecular shield to protect them from the animal’s immune system.
Devils released back onto the Tasmanian mainland in the next step to fight the deadly DFTD disease.
Wildlife Management Branch, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Some animals bred in captivity often lack the skills needed to survive in the wild. But the Tasmanian devil is showing it’s a natural born killer.
Tassie devils in the wild are prone to the transmissible cancer.
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