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Genomic Restructuring in the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour: Chromosome Painting and Gene Mapping Provide Clues to Evolution of a Transmissible Tumour

Deakin, Janine; Bender, Hannah; Pearse, Anne-Maree; Rens, Willem; O'Brien, Patricia C M; Ferguson-Smith, Malcolm A; Cheng, Yuanyuan; Morris, Katrina; Taylor, Robyn; Stuart, Andrew; Belov, Katherine; Amemiya, Chris T; Murchison, Elizabeth P.; Papenfuss, Anthony T; Graves, Jennifer


Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) is a fatal, transmissible malignancy that threatens the world's largest marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian devil, with extinction. First recognised in 1996, DFTD has had a catastrophic effect on wild devil numbers, and intense research efforts to understand and contain the disease have since demonstrated that the tumour is a clonal cell line transmitted by allograft. We used chromosome painting and gene mapping to deconstruct the DFTD karyotype and determine...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS Genetics
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002483
Access Rights: Open Access


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