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About transmissible cancers

Transmissible cancers are passed between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells. These diseases are rare in nature. Among mammals, only three transmissible cancers are known, affecting dogs and Tasmanian devils. Several transmissible cancers have also been identified in marine bivalve molluscs, including various species of clams, cockles and mussels. 

Our laboratory focuses on the mammalian transmissible cancers. Click on the dog or Tasmanian devil below to learn more about these transmissible cancers!

Canine Transmissible Venereal Disease Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor Disease
Canine Transmissible Venereal Disease Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor Disease