28 Jun '11, 3pm

Tasmanian devil facial tumor epidemic linked to human disturbance

28 Jun 2011: Tasmanian Devil Epidemic Linked to Human Disturbance, Study Says A mysterious cancer epidemic that is wiping out populations of the Tasmanian devil is largely the result of low genetic diversity caused by human interference , according to a new study. Using genetic View photos DPIW/Tasmania Tasmanian devils’ facial tumor epidemic sequencing, researchers determined that devils found on opposite ends of the Australian island state of Tasmania — which, consequently, should have been genetically distinct — were remarkably similar. Further analysis of 175 devils and seven museum specimens indicated that the species has had a low genetic diversity over the last century, making the species vulnerable to disease, including a facial tumor epidemic transmitted by physical contact that has wiped out about 66 percent of the animals since it was first observed in 1996 . “D...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/tasmanian_devil_epidemic_link...

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