Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease

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Devil's Eye View: Scientist Cameron Brooke reaches into a trap used for catching Tasmanian Devils  on the Forestier Peninsula, as part of the Save The Tassie Devil program.  The scientists are trapping  the animal to monitor for signs of Devil Facial Tumour Disease, a contagious cancer that scientists are only beginning to understand, but has spread rapidly through the population, leaving the devil listed as endangered. In December 2009, it was announced that the disease may be related a peripheral nerve cell, called the Schwann cell, which has led some hopes for preserving the devil, at least in terms of quarantine insurance populations.  The scientists are trapping and monitor the animals as part of a programme to control the further spread of the disease. The scientists are trapping and monitoring the animals here on the Forestier Peninsula as part of a programme to control the further spread of the disease and to create insurance populations.