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Human cancer progress aids devil fight

Advances in human cancer treatment offer promise for the Tasmanian devil.

Community support for UTAS research at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the Tasmanian School of Medicine is credited for advancing work in the fight against the devil facial tumour.

Treatments for cancer in humans progressing in the past decade is providing windows into options for helping the devil.

It has been found a dozen key Tasmanian devil immune proteins look the same as they do in the human immune system.

The Menzies team explains this allows for building on the vast amount of knowledge in human cancer, rather than having to start from scratch for devils and accelerates vaccine research in the quest to save the endangered species.