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Julie WB Sikes Science News 9 Fighting Cancer with Sex Who would have thought it? Fighting cancer by getting busy…strange, but seemingly true. Tasmanian devils, beginning in 1996, began developing a contagious form of cancer. This cancer, call “Devil facial tumor disease”, has proved to be terribly fatal for the dog sized creatures. The typical Tasmanian devil life has a span of 5 to 6 years. They generally breed at the ages of two, three and four, but due to the new disease females that even breed at the age of 2 may not even live long enough to raise their first litter of offspring. -Schmid, Randolph E. “Young Tasmanian devils are getting busy”. MSNBC News. 15 July 2008. Retrieved on 15 July 2008. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25692574/ Because of this infectious disease, as well as dire consequences, the devils have amazingly begun to breed as early as the age of 1. Menna Jones, a researcher at the University of Tasmania in Australia has been examining and collecting data even before the disease outbreak, as well as
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