Scientists Map Tasmanian Devil Genome

For years, Australia’s population of endangered Tasmanian devils has been significantly diminished by deadly facial tumors. Now, scientists have mapped the Tasmanian devil’s genome—and they believe their findings can help them not only eradicate the tumors, but also better understand human cancers.

While human cancers change quickly, the Tasmanian devils’ facial tumors evolve slowly so scientists can track the process and understand what causes them.

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