From Tasmanian Devils, Cancer Cure?
Breakthrough Research - Certain Genes Shrink Tumors Source: Washington State University Photo of Tasmanian Devil Washington State University Innovative Cancer Research Scientists at Washington State University have discovered genes and genetic mutations that appear to shrink deadly cancer tumors in Tasmanian devils. This finding could have important implications for treating cancer in humans and other mammals. Cancer Fighting Genes Leading to Drug Creation The WSU scientists say some of the genes that they believe trigger tumor regression in the devils are also in humans. This could lead to the development of drugs that shrink and potentially decimate tumors in humans. A Species Plagued by Cancer The devils are the largest carnivorous marsupial and found only in Tasmania. A deadly, facial tumor disease has pushed the devils to near extinction. 80% of the population is gone. An international team of scientists, led by WSU, found some of the animals are developing gen