Scientists have discovered a potential treatment for a cancer that has ravaged Australia’s Tasmanian devil population. The infectious facial cancer has wiped out 80% of wild devils since it was first identified in 1996. By injecting live cancer cells, researchers have used immunotherapy for the first time to successfully treat the disease. The breakthrough is hoped to fast-track development of an effective vaccine, said the international research team.  The treatment successfully eradicated tumours as big as golf balls, said co-author Prof Greg Woods of the University of Tasmania.  “When we saw those tumours get smaller it was so exciting,” he said.  “This is almost a eureka moment for us because it’s the first time we can say for sure that it was the immunotherapy that was making the tumour shrink.”

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