The first report of devil facial tumor disease
came in 1996 from the northeastern tip of Tasmania.
The animals have become infected with a very rare and contagious caner called Devil Facial Tumor Disease
Aggressive Research Program To Save The Tassie Devil Launched: The world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian Devil, is in danger of extinction from a facial tumor disease
Devil Facial Tumor Disease
has killed half the wild population of Tasmanian devils, and shows signs of spreading to more of the species' range.
Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have already used the extra-long reads to better characterize genetic diversity within the critically endangered Tasmanian devil, a species which is threatened by a transmissible cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease
The cancer, devil facial tumor disease
, stems from cells that normally insulate nerve fibers, a new study shows.
Garrett said Devil Facial Tumor Disease
poses the greatest threat to one of Australia's most iconic animals.
The illness, known as devil facial tumor disease
, produces open wounds on a devil's mouth, which soon spread and become large tumors on its face and neck.