How to Reintroduce a Long-Lost Species
How to Reintroduce a Long-Lost Species
Conservation biologist John Ewen discusses the recent reintroduction of Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia after a 3,000-year absence and issues that need to be considered when bringing long-departed animals back into an area.
How to Reintroduce a Long-Lost Species
How to Reintroduce a Long-Lost Species

Conservation biologist John Ewen discusses the recent reintroduction of Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia after a 3,000-year absence and issues that need to be considered when bringing long-departed animals back into an area.

Conservation biologist John Ewen discusses the recent reintroduction of Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia after a 3,000-year absence and issues that need to be considered when bringing long-departed animals back into an area.

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Infographic: When Cancers Become Parasites
Infographic: When Cancers Become Parasites
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 1, 2019
Only a handful of contagious cancers are known to exist, yet they have attracted an increasing number of researchers worldwide trying to understand how and why they arise.
Human Cancer Drugs May Be Effective in Tasmanian Devils
Human Cancer Drugs May Be Effective in Tasmanian Devils
Shawna Williams | Apr 9, 2018
A new study reveals similarities between the transmissible cancers that infect the endangered marsupials, and hints at ways to treat them.
Tasmanian Devil Cancer Immunotherapy
Tasmanian Devil Cancer Immunotherapy
Bob Grant | Mar 13, 2017
Researchers in Australia claim to have successfully used immunotherapy to treat devil facial tumor disease.
Week in Review: August 29–September 2
Week in Review: August 29–September 2
Jef Akst | Sep 2, 2016
Roger Tsien dies; the CRISPR patent dispute you’ve never heard of; immunotherapy for Alzheimer’s; Tasmanian devils developing resistance to transmissible cancer
Tasmanian Devils Developing Resistance to Transmissible Cancer
Tasmanian Devils Developing Resistance to Transmissible Cancer
Abby Olena | Aug 30, 2016
The marsupials’ genomes show evidence of a rapid evolutionary response to selection imposed by devil facial tumor disease.
Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer
Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer
Jef Akst | May 9, 2016
The proteins could be the key to stopping the transmissible facial tumor disease that is threatening the species.
Second Contagious Cancer Found in Tasmanian Devils
Second Contagious Cancer Found in Tasmanian Devils
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 29, 2015
A second fatal, transmissible cancer has been identified in the already endangered species.  
The Devil’s Details
The Devil’s Details
Jesse Jenkins | Nov 1, 2014
With the iconic Australian marsupial carnivore on the brink of extinction, Tasmanian researchers race to unlock the immunological mysteries of a disease threatening the species.
Poor Little Devils
Poor Little Devils
Jesse Jenkins | Oct 31, 2014
See the devastating infectious cancer that may drive the Tasmanian Devil to extinction.