In Search of a Devil Facial Tumour Disease Vaccine

Sci Art Walks

Aug 20 2020 • 1 hr 1 min

A talk by Dr Andy Flies with music by Emily Sanzaro.
Tassie Devil populations are at risk of extinction due to a devastating transmissible cancer that has wiped out huge numbers of the iconic species. But their plight has catalysed groundbreaking research into devil immune systems, and the search for an effective vaccine against the deadly tumour is well underway. The upshot may be that we pull the devil back from the brink, while also discovering crucial insights into other wildlife diseases, including those thought to underlie the Coronavirus pandemic.
The suggested walking location for this episode is Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.
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