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Tasmanian Devil Genome Map May Help Humans, Too

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 02:00 PM

Scientists have mapped the genome of Australia's endangered Tasmanian devil for the first time and found that deadly facial tumors decimating the species evolve very slowly.

The discovery makes it possible that help might be found before the animals vanish forever, according to scientists at the Australian National University said.

In addition, the findings, published in the journal PLoS Genetics, could help untangle the process of how human cancers evolve.

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