The Immune Response of the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) and Devil Facial Tumour Disease

  title={The Immune Response of the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) and Devil Facial Tumour Disease},
  author={G. Woods and A. Kreiss and K. Belov and H. Siddle and D. Obendorf and H. Muller},
One of the most remarkable aspects of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is its infectious nature, and for successful transmission it must avoid detection by the devil’s immune system. For this to occur, the devil either is severely immunosuppressed or factors produced by the tumor contribute to its avoidance of immune detection. An analysis of the devil’s immune system revealed the presence of normal-looking lymphoid organs and lymphoid cells. At a functional level the lymphocytes proliferated… Expand
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