Contagious cancer is killing off Tasmanian devils, but there might finally be hope .. of tumors. The disfiguring facial growths eventually kill them.
Populations of wild devils have fallen 80 per cent since the disease was first.. members of the species have been hampered as many are killed on the road Infectious facial tumours threaten to wipe out Tasmanian devils.
The facial cancer, which spreads when the Tasmanian devils bite each other's faces during fighting, kills its victims in a matter of months.
Introduction to the Tasmanian devil and devil facial tumor disease in death within 9–12 months of the presentation of a tumor (Hamede et al.
First discovered in , DFTD causes tumours to form on the face and neck of the animal, killing infected devils within just three to five months.
Tasmanian devil with Devil Facial Tumour Disease.. Death results from starvation and the breakdown of body functions as a result of the.
The culprit is a contagious cancer that kills every animal it infects J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego, who has investigated the Devil Facial Tumor Disease.