Tasmanian Devils Are Rapidly Evolving Resistance to a Deadly Cancer

Tasmanian devils are knocked down — we’re talking a 9-count — but they aren’t out. Not yet.

In just over 20 years, devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) has ravaged Tasmanian devils on the Australian island state, resulting in an 80 percent overall decline in the iconic species’ numbers. The transmissible cancer, distinguished by red, oozing facial tumors, is nearly 100 percent fatal, with most devils meeting their end within 6 months of contracting the disease.

Based on statistical models

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