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Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: lessons for conservation biology

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McCallum, HI (2008) Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: lessons for conservation biology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 23 (11). pp. 631-637. ISSN 0169-5347

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Abstract

Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease is an infectious
cancer that threatens the largest surviving marsupial
carnivore with extinction. After emerging in 1996, it
has spread across most of the range of the species,
leading to a population decline of more than 60%. This
bizarre disease, in which the cancer cells themselves are
the infective agent, illustrates some important general
principles about disease and conservation biology, including
the threat posed by loss of genetic diversity and
the potential of pathogens with frequency-dependent
transmission to cause extinction.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Page Range: pp. 631-637
ISSN: 0169-5347
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2008.07.001
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Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2008 23:05
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:50
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