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Aug 31, 2022

Rapid evolutionary response to a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, evolution, existential risks

Circa 2016 This gives more exacting detail of the Tasmanian devils resistance to cancer.


A recently emerged infectious cancer has caused the near extinction of the Tasmanian devil, but some populations persist. Here, Epstein et al. provide evidence for possible resistance via rapid evolution in two genomic regions that contain cancer-related immune response genes.

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