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12 Mar 2013

Breakthrough in Australian hunt for devil vaccine (COSMOS magazine, March 12 2013)

[Source: Cosmos, full text: (LINK).]

Breakthrough in Australian hunt for devil vaccine

‎12 March ‎2013

SYDNEY: A breakthrough discovery has been hailed b Australian scientists in the hunt for a vaccine against a savage facial tumour disease threatening the endangered Tasmanian devil with extinction. A research team headed by University of Tasmania immunologist Greg Woods has established how the disfiguring cancer, spread from devil to devil by biting during fights, manages to take hold and grow so rapidly. Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), first recorded in the wild in 1996, typically causes death within three to six months and has seen numbers plunge 91% in the wild to near-critical levels.