Help save the Tasmanian devil

Last month, I wrote an update on the strange cancer affecting Tasmanian devils--a tumor cell that's taken on a life of its own, and is spreading through the population as the animals fight. Now, via PZ comes something you can do to help--donate and help to save this species:

Help the Tasmanian devil with 6 top funding priorities:

1. Investigating the tumour and its chromosomes, looking for clues to resistance
2.Keeping some area or areas of Tasmania free from the disease i.e. wild management
3.Maintaining backup captive populations of devils in Tasmania as 'insurance'
4.Developing a diagnostic test for the disease
5.Developing a vaccine against the disease
6.Monitoring changes in populations affected by the disease


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