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Darwin, the devil, and the management of transmissible cancers


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Hamede, R ORCID: 0000-0003-1526-225X, Madsen, T, McCallum, H, Storfer, A, Hohenlohe, PA, Siddle, H, Kaufman, J, Giraudeau, M, Jones, ME ORCID: 0000-0001-7558-9022, Thomas, T and Ujvari, B 2020 , 'Darwin, the devil, and the management of transmissible cancers' , Conservation Biology , pp. 1-4 , doi: 10.1111/cobi.13644.

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Modern conservation science frequently relies on genetic tools to manage imperiled populations threatened by processes such as habitat fragmentation and infectious diseases. Translocation of individuals to restore genetic diversity (genetic rescue) is increasingly used to manage vulnerable populations, but it can swamp local adaptations and lead to outbreeding depression. Thus, genetic management is context dependent and needs evaluation across multiple generations . Genomic studies can help evaluate the extent to which populations are locally adapted to assess the costs and benefits of translocations. Predicting the long‐term fitness effects of genetic interventions and their evolutionary consequences is a vital step in managing dwindling populations threatened by emerging infectious diseases.

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Authors/Creators:Hamede, R and Madsen, T and McCallum, H and Storfer, A and Hohenlohe, PA and Siddle, H and Kaufman, J and Giraudeau, M and Jones, ME and Thomas, T and Ujvari, B
Keywords: Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii, devil facial tumor disease, transmissible cancer, evolution
Journal or Publication Title: Conservation Biology
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc
ISSN: 0888-8892
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/cobi.13644
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Copyright 2020 The AuthorsLicensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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