Medindia

X

Aggressive Tasmanian Devils Run a Higher Risk of Getting the Fatal Tumor Disease

by Savitha C Muppala on  September 5, 2012 at 7:56 AM Research News   - G J E 4
Researchers have discovered that aggressive Tasmanian devils carry a greater risk of getting the fatal tumor disease, which threatens to wipe out the species.
 Aggressive Tasmanian Devils Run a Higher Risk of Getting the Fatal Tumor Disease
Aggressive Tasmanian Devils Run a Higher Risk of Getting the Fatal Tumor Disease
Advertisement

A University of Tasmania study which looked at more than 300 devils for four years found that biting puts aggressive devils at risk of contracting the disease.

Advertisement
There are four strains of the disease which has wiped out 85 per cent of the population. The study also found that most tumors were present in the devils' mouths.

Less virulent strains of the tumor are not as dangerous and they permit devils to survive longer.



Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All