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cure developed for Tasmanian devil facial tumors

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Tasmania devils are very enthusiastic with biting each other , this creates a major problems since they have been affected by facial tumor disease


the biting just passes in the disease


a multiple institution research project has developed has developed a vaccine that actually cures it


this has promise , however administering it to the devils is not likely to be easy



please see

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@@COSMIC RHINO thanks for sharing. I do hope it works though.

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here is a new development 


Researchers one step closer to understanding deadly facial tumor in Tasmanian devils

Study offers hope to endangered species in rapid decline


"We've had incremental progress in our understanding of devil facial tumor disease over the past two decades," said Dr. Andy Flies, a Morris Animal Foundation-funded researcher and one of the study's authors. "Low genetic diversity was initially thought to be the primary reason for the fatal transmissible tumors, but more recently it was discovered that DFT cells hide from the immune system by not expressing key immune recognition molecules, a sort of invisibility cloak for cancer cells."


Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) was discovered in 1996 and kills nearly every devil it infects, with some experts estimating a decrease of 90 percent or more in wild devil populations. One of just three known contagious cancers (the other two are a transmissible venereal tumor in dogs and a water-borne leukemia in soft-shell clams), researchers believe DFTD is transferred between individuals through biting behaviors. The disease first struck populations in northeastern Tasmania, but now encompasses most of the geographic range of Sarcophilus harrisii, threatening the iconic devil with extinction.


Our discovery that DFT cells produce the PD-L1 'molecular shield' in response to inflammation represents another important step toward understanding DFTD and developing more potent ways of preventing or treating the facial tumors," said Dr. Flies, who is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Tasmania, Australia. "DFTs probably have more ways to hide from or suppress the immune system of the Tasmanian devil, and our ongoing research efforts aim to uncover and counteract these mechanisms."

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