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.

App

App

Also this week, the Guardian released their Facebook app. You can ‘like’ it into your feeds, as well as the different streams (Science, environment, data, education and more).

With all the apps and fan pages out there, you too could turn your facebook into a feed reader.

About Stephen

Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Formerly MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher and missing it terribly. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer.

Posted on September 29, 2011, in 02 Cells, IBDP Biology, Mitosis & The Cell Cycle, TED talks and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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