Infectious Cancers in Tasmanian Devils


Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest living carnivorous marsupial. This species was once abundant in Australia, but today is only found on the island of Tasmania, where it is at risk of extinction due to two rare, contagious cancers. Mark Margres will discuss how this species is adapting in response to these diseases, whether there is any hope for the Tasmanian devil to avoid extinction, and what can be learned about human cancers from studying the disease in other animal species.

Presented in collaboration with the Microbial Sciences Initiative

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