Tasmanian devils surviving their own pandemic

The spread of a facial cancer that ravaged the Tasmanian devil population has slowed due to the animal’s “amazing evolutionary response”, increasing its chance of survival, new research suggests.

An international team of scientists used a genomic tool typically used to track viruses such as Covid-19 to monitor the spread of the transmissible cancer that has led to devil numbers crashing by more than 80% over the past two decades.

You can read the article, written by Adam Morton for The Guardian Australia here.