Tasmanian Devils are threatened by a fatal Cancer and Science has just discovered the reason why
4 Protecting the Tasmanian Devil
In order to protect Tasmanian devil’s falling prey to devils facial disease 1 and 2, effective immunotherapy and research to that effect would have to be initiated so that new transmissible cancers don’t arise. For this, research is going on to find out which are the true switches that can turn on or off the immune system of Tasmanian devils to create a correct anti cancer response.
The biggest challenge is the evolution of the devils facial tumor disease that can adapt to ecological conditions and immunological pressure. The only positive aspect of such an occurrence is the reduce fatality of the disease which causes the disease not to kill the host it infects. Hopefully this will also be true in the case of the Tasmanian devil.