The Contagious Cancer of Tasmania Devils


I’d heard of the contagious face tumors that are infecting the Tasmanian Devil population, but never really understood how a contagious cancer could be possible.  A molecular biologist’s first thought is that it must be a cancer inducing virus, but that’s not the case.

According, to this article, describing a breakthrough in understanding of the tumors, it is the tumor itself that spreads.  It seems that tumor cells, passed between animals during fights, are able to graft into a new host and set up a new tumor.  Think of it like a kidney transplant, one tissue from one animal growing in another.  However, in organ transplants in humans, the immune system must be suppressed to prevent the host body’s immune system from destroying the donor tissue.  The Tasmanian Devil cancer seems to be able to evade the host immune system, and is seen as another part of the host’s…

View original post 52 more words

~ by Sable Aradia on March 14, 2013.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

If This Goes On (Don't Panic)!

A Hopepunk Podcast for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Life

Aradia Publishing

Words Are Magic

The Complete Creative by @russellnohelty

Create the best work of your life and share it with the world.

The Earthian Hivemind

Science, History, and Fiction in Everyday Life

First Age Studios

let the games begin!

Ancient Light's Daily Stuff

Ancient Light's Daily Pagan Newsletter

Coven of the Catta

Founded in 1967

The Averraine Cycle

The website for Morgan Smith, author

R. M. Mulder

Author of DarkForce: A GameLit Saga

Mystery Deb

A Writer's Life: Business and Personal

(Almost) Average

ramblings of the mediocre

Paper Beats World

If you love stories about ghosts, dragons and aliens, come in.


Author, poetry, musings

Traveling Light

a life in motion

The unofficial blog of Stan Faryna

Match stick readings and contemplative meditations about great Bablion and obsequious Chatlanians

s a gibson

Experiences in writing

The Protagonist Speaks

Interviews with the characters of your favourite books

%d bloggers like this: