Tasmanian Devils are threatened by a fatal Cancer and Science has just discovered the reason why
3 Tasmanian devils are affected by other disease other than Devils facial Tumor
Research teams studying Tasmanian devil immunology found such checkpoint molecules present in the devil’s immune system and were the main cause of devil facial tumor. There is a possibility of many other factors contributing to DFT that hide the disease from the immune system. Research to locate all of these is currently underway. However in a positive sign for researchers, not all cancer cells were able to hide and spontaneous tumor regression was observed in various stages of the disease.
In 2014 a second transmissible cancer was named DFT 2 was found in wild Tasmanian devils native to Southern Tasmania. This has shocked scientists as only a few transmissible cancer tumors are known to exist.