Fighting a Contagious Cancer (and the Guardian Facebook App)
Today’s Guardian has a profile of Elizabeth Murchison on the Grrl Scientist blog. Murchison’s TED Talk explains the work of her team trying to prevent the extinction of Tasmanian Devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) due to a contagious facial cancer, spread by biting.
Scary stuff, with some – very – graphic images.
She mentions the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is responsible for cervical cancer. Their first thought was that the source of this cancer was similar – viral, but that is not the case. In fact, the cells are implanted into other devils through biting – where they colonise and run rampage.
With all the apps and fan pages out there, you too could turn your facebook into a feed reader.
Posted on September 29, 2011, in 02 Cells, IBDP Biology, Mitosis & The Cell Cycle, TED talks and tagged cancer, Defense Against Infections Diseases, ecology, facebook. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.