In the late 1990s, a fatal disease called Devil facial tumor disease began wiping out the Tasmanian devil population, killing nearly 90% of the devils over the past 20 years. Why was the entire population getting the same disease? Was it contagious? Then geneticist Jenny Graves made a discovery that was hard to believe, but true: the tumors were cloning and multiplying between animals. If researchers cannot get to the bottom of this mystery, this fascinating mammal will soon be gone. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent takes readers on an unforgettable tour of the Tasmania to meet the scientists working to save the devil before it's too late.
Saving the Tasmanian Devil: How Science Is Helping the World's Largest Marsupial Carnivore SurviveBook Verdict
ISBN: 9780544991484 Format: Print Book Edition: Hardcover edition Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Page Count: 80 Trim Size: 9" x 11" Genre: Nonfic