Genetics and evolution of clonaly transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils

Date & time

12pm 19 October 2011


Gould Bldg (116) Seminar Room, Daley Road, ANU


 Dr Janine Deakin
 +61 2 6125 4902


Dr Elizabeth Murchison
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge UK

The Tasmanian devil, the world’s largest marsupial carnivore, is facing possible extinction in the wild due to a transmissible facial cancer known as Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease (DFTD). DFTD is spread when living cancer cells are spread between animals by biting.

Canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) and Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) are the only two known naturally occurring transmissible cancers that are spread by the direct transfer of living cancer cells. Elizabeth will discuss genetics, evolution, pathogenesis and epidemiology of these clonally transmissible cancers.

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