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Devil Facial Tumour Disease: The cancer that's raising hell in Tasmania
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Biology Education Centre.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since 1996 a mysterious epidemic has been sweeping across the island of Tasmania, threatening the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) with extinction. The species is endemic to the island which is part of Australia and lies south of Melbourne. Being endemic to the island the devils are of particular risk of extinction. Not only has the risk of losing the world’s largest extant carnivorous marsupial aroused great interest, but also the disease itself, has received much attention from the world of oncology due to its unusual trait of being a contagious cancer.

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2014. , 5 p.
Keyword [en]
DFTD, Tasmanian devil, Cancer, contagious cancer, conservation
National Category
Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-226175OAI: diva2:724433
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Biology / Molecular Biology
Available from: 2014-06-12 Created: 2014-06-12 Last updated: 2014-06-12Bibliographically approved

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