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Three decades after the first cases of a fatal transmissible cancer scythed through Tasmanian devil populations, experts are seeing dramatic changes in the 15 percent of creatures that have survived.The disease is still almost always fatal, and a second strain is being investigated, but antibodies have been detected in infected animals for the first time and more than two dozen have contracted the cancer and survived.Experts working with the marsupials every day also report significant behavioral changes taking place that have helped steady population numbers.Hamede says the startling rate of devils' adaption to the disease is a reason for optimism and could provide clues about human cancer treatment.
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