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K. F. Castro, A.Strakova, M. Tinucci-Costa and E. P. Murchison 2016 Vet Comp Oncol. 2016 May 2. doi: 10.1111/vco.12205.

Murchison EP 2016 Cancer in the wilderness. Cell. 166, July 14

Murchison EP 2016 Transmissible tumours under the sea. Nature. News and Views. June 22 doi:10.1038/nature18455

Strakova A, Ní Leathlobhair M, Wang GD, Yin TT, Airikkala-Otter I, Allen JL, Allum KM, Bansse-Issa L, Bisson JL, Castillo Domracheva A, de Castro KF, Corrigan AM, Cran HR, Crawford JT, Cutter SM, Delgadillo Keenan L, Donelan EM, Faramade IA, Flores Reynoso E, Fotopoulou E, Fruean SN, Gallardo-Arrieta F, Glebova O, Häfelin Manrique RF, Henriques JJ, Ignatenko N, Koenig D, Lanza-Perea M, Lobetti R, Lopez Quintana AM, Losfelt T, Marino G, Martincorena I, Martínez Castañeda S, Martínez-López MF, Meyer M, Nakanwagi B, De Nardi AB, Neunzig W, Nixon SJ, Onsare MM, Ortega-Pacheco A, Peleteiro MC, Pye RJ, Reece JF, Rojas Gutierrez J, Sadia H, Schmeling SK, Shamanova O, Ssuna RK, Steenland-Smit AE, Svitich A, Thoya Ngoka I, Vițălaru BA, de Vos AP, de Vos JP, Walkinton O, Wedge DC, Wehrle-Martinez AS, van der Wel MG, Widdowson SA, Murchison EP. Mitochondrial genetic diversity, selection and recombination in a canine transmissible cancer. Elife 2016 May 17;5. pii: e14552.

Pye RJ, Pemberton D, Tovar C, Tubio JMC, Dun KA, Fox S, Darby J, Hayes D, Knowles GW, Kreiss A, Siddle HVT, Swift K, Lyons AB, Murchison EP, Woods GM 2016 A second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils. PNAS. 113(2): p. 374-9.


Hamede RK, Pearse AM, Swift K, Barmuta LA, Murchison EP, Jones ME 2015 Transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils: localised lineage replacement and host population response. Proc. Royal Society B. 282(1814). pii: 20151468

Strakova A and Murchison EP The cancer which survived: insights from the genome of an 11,000 year-old cancer. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 30:49-55 (2015)

Villar D, Berthelot C, Aldridge S, Rayner TF, Lukk M, Pignatelli M, Park TJ, Deaville R, Erichsen JT, Jasinska AJ, Turner JMA, Bertelsen MF, Murchison EP, Flicek P, Odom DT Enhancer evolution across twenty mammals. Cell. 160:554-566 (2014)


Strakova A and Murchison EP The changing global distribution and prevalence of canine transmissible venereal tumour. BMC Vet Res. Sept 3;10:168 (2014)

Murchison EP, Wedge DC , Alexandrov LB, Fu, B, Martincorena I, Ning Z, Tubio JMC, Werner EI, Allen J, Barboza de Nardi A, Donelan EM, Marino G, Fassati A, Campbell PJ, Yang F, Burt A, Weiss RA, Stratton MR Transmissible dog cancer genome reveals the origin and history of an ancient cell lineage. Science. Jan 24;3436169:437-40 (2014)

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Hiding in plain view – an ancient dog in a modern world, by H. Parker and E. Ostrander Science, Jan 24;3436169, 2014, and

The origin and evolution of an ancient cancer, by I. Lokody, Nature Reviews Cancer and Nature Reviews Genetics AOP, published online 11 February 2014; doi:10.1038/nrg3676


Bender HS, Murchison EP, Pickett HA, Deakin JE, Strong MA, Conlan C, McMillan DA, Neumann AA, Greider CW, Hannon GJ, Reddel RR, Graves JA Extreme telomere length dimorphism in the Tasmanian devil and related marsupials suggests parental control of telomere length. PLoS ONE 79:e46195 (2012)

Nilsson Janke MA, Janke A, Murchison EP, Ning Z, Hallström BM Expansion of CORE-SINEs in the genome of the Tasmanian devil. BMC Genomics. May 6;131:172 (2012)

Murchison EP, Schulz-Trieglaff OB, Ning Z, Alexandrov LB, Bauer MJ, Fu B, Hims M, Ding Z, Ivakhno S, Stewart C, Ng BL, Wong W, Aken B, White S, Alsop A, Becq J, Bignell GR, Cheetham RK, Cheng W, Connor TR, Cox AJ, Feng ZP, Gu Y, Grocock RJ, Harris SR, Khrebtukova I, Kingsbury Z, Kowarsky M, Kreiss A, Luo S, Marshall J, McBride DJ, Murray L, Pearse AM, Raine K, Rasolonjatova I, Shaw R, Tedder P, Tregidgo C, Vilella AJ, Wedge DC, Woods GM, Gormley N, Humphray S, Schroth G, Smith G, Hall K, Searle SM, Carter NP, Papenfuss AJ, Futreal PA, Campbell PJ, Yang F, Bentley DR, Evers DJ, Stratton MR Genome sequencing and analysis of the Tasmanian devil and its transmissible cancer. Cell. Feb 17;1484:780-91 (2012)

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“Community Choice: Tracking Taz’s transmissible cancer”, highlight of most viewed papers in science, Nature 483:513; 29 March 2012

Deakin JE , Bender HS , Pearse AM, Rens W, O’Brien PC, Ferguson-Smith MA, Cheng Y, Morris K, Taylor R, Stuart A, Belov K, Amemiya CT, Murchison EP, Papenfuss AT, Graves JM Genomic restructuring in the Tasmanian devil facial tumour: chromosome painting and gene mapping provide clues to evolution of a clonally transmissible tumour. PLoS Genetics Feb;82:e1002483 (2012)


Lee S , Paulson KG , Murchison EP, Afanasiev OK, Alkan C, Leonard JH, Byrd DR, Hannon GJ, Nghiem P Identification and validation of a novel mature microRNA encoded by the Merkel cell polyomavirus in human Merkel cell carcinomas. J Clin Virol Nov;523:272-5 (2011)

Spierings DC, McGoldrick D, Hamilton-Easton AM, Neale G, Murchison EP, Hannon GJ, Green DR, Withoff S. 2011 Ordered progression of stage-specific miRNA profiles in the mouse B2 B-cell lineage. Blood 17720:5340-9 (2011)

Tovar C, Obendorf D, Murchison EP, Papenfuss AT, Kreiss A, Woods GM A tumor-specific diagnostic marker for transmissible facial tumors of Tasmanian devils: immunohistochemistry studies. Veterinary Pathology Online. 486,1195-1203 (2011)

Murchison EP and Adams DJ Sequencing Skippy: The genome of an Australian kangaroo Macropus eugenii. Genome Biology. 12:123 (2011)

[Comment on Genome sequence of an Australian kangaroo, Macropus eugenii, provides insight into the evolution of mammalian reproduction and development, Genome Biology, by Renfree et al. 2011]


Murchison EP, Tovar C, Hsu A, Bender HS, Kheradpour P, Rebbeck C, Obendorf D, Conlan C, Bahlo M, Blizzard CA, Pyecroft S, Kreiss A, Kellis M, Stark A, Harkins TT, Marshall Graves JA, Woods GM, Hannon GJ, Papenfuss AT The Tasmanian devil transcriptome reveals Schwann cell origins of a clonally transmissible cancer. Science. Jan 1 3275961:84-7 (2010)

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“Journal club: A molecular biologist explores how new genomic tools can be applied to wild animals”, by Petr Svoboda, Nature 465:529 3 June 2010


Murchison EP Clonally transmissible cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils. Oncogene 27: S19 – S30 (2009)

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