Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease

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Associate Professor Greg Woods, an immunologist from the University of Tasmania's Menzies Research Institute and the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program pictured at enclosure containing some of the quarantined insurance populations of Tasmanian Devils. In the wild, tasmanian devils have become endangered due to a contagious cancer which causes facial tumours, causing the animals to starve to death. In December 2009, Woods announced that he and other researchers had found  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.