Why is a dolphin not a cat? How repurposing non-coding elements in genome gave rise to great 'mammalian radiation'
New research shows how evolution has given rise to a rich diversity of species by repurposing functional elements shared by all mammals. Published in Cell by scientists at the European Bioinformatics Instit ...
What's killing Tassie devils if it isn't a contagious cancer?
Scientists have been trying to figure out the cause of the deadly cancer affecting so many Tasmanian devils but the research doesn't seem to be providing many useful answers. What if they're looking in the ...
Tasmanian devils survived two big falls in numbers but now need help
Most people probably know the Tasmanian devil as the iconic animal from Australia's island state of Tasmania. Fewer know that, up until a few thousand years ago, devils were widespread across mainland Australia.
Woolly mammoth genome sequencer at UWA
How can a giant woolly mammoth which lived at least 200,000 years ago help to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction? The answer lies in DNA, the carrier of genetic information.
Researchers collaborate to save the Tasmanian devil
An American zoo is partnering with an Australian university to save the Tasmanian devil in the wild.
Infected Tasmanian devils reveal how cancer cells evolve in response to humans
Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) has ravaged the world's largest carnivorous marsupial since it emerged in 1996, resulting in a population decline of over 90%. Conservation work to defeat the ...
Tasmanian devils: Will rare infectious cancer lead to their extinction?
Taz was his name, the Tasmanian devil of Warner Bros. cartoon fame. A scrappy omnivore who ate anything and everything, he spun in a vortex and bit through everything in his path.
Dingo wrongly blamed for extinctions
Dingoes have been unjustly blamed for the extinctions on the Australian mainland of the Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) and the Tasmanian devil, a University of Adelaide study has found.
Hope for threatened Tasmanian devils: Research paves way for vaccine development
New research paves the way for the development of a vaccine for the Tasmanian devil, currently on the brink of extinction because of a contagious cancer.
Australia rejects heritage listing for Tasmanian rainforest
Australia Friday rejected a bid for blanket heritage listing of Tasmania's Tarkine rainforest, angering environmentalists who said it would allow mining and could threaten the Tasmanian devil.
Ancient genes may explain modern threat to Tasmanian devils
(Phys.org)—Tasmanian devils had low immune gene diversity for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years before the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease, researchers at the University of Sydney and ...
Australia's devils to get fresh start on new island
A group of Tasmanian devils will be transferred to a small Australian island to start what is hoped will be a self-sustaining population, free from the facial tumour that has devastated their species.
Epigenetics a factor in Tasmanian devil disease
(Phys.org)—Genes in the tumours of Devil Facial Tumour Disease gradually 'switch off' over time, say researchers at the University of Sydney.
'Gentler devil' hope for threatened marsupial
Could the Tasmanian devil, a ferocious marsupial threatened by facial tumours spread by biting, be saved by a change of character? Zoologists think there's a chance.