Cancer as a contagious disease

@article{Siddle2017CancerAA,
  title={Cancer as a contagious disease},
  author={H. Siddle},
  journal={HLA},
  year={2017},
  volume={89},
  pages={209 - 214}
}
Contagious cancers are malignant cells that are physically transferred between individuals as a natural allograft, forming new clonal tumours. These cancers are highly unusual, but have emerged in 2 mammalian species, the dog and the Tasmanian devil, as well as 4 species of bivalve. The transfer of malignant cells in mammals should initiate a robust immune response and although invertebrates have a less complex immune system, these species still have mechanisms that should prevent engraftment… Expand
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