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(MSNBC)   "Immortal devil girl" spreads face-destroying cancer, will affect whole population in 30 years. Surprisingly, this is not a story about subby's ex   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 72
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2012-02-17 02:09:48 AM
I think I could live a long and happy life without ever seeing a picture like that again.
 
2012-02-17 02:24:49 AM

GentlemanJ: I think I could live a long and happy life without ever seeing a picture like that again.


Did subby show you a pic of his ex?
 
2012-02-17 02:25:22 AM
What happens if this jumps to other species?
 
2012-02-17 02:44:32 AM
Wow. That's horrendous.
 
2012-02-17 04:27:03 AM
This, friends, is why you never go ass to mouth.
 
2012-02-17 04:48:41 AM
The worst part is that Tasmanian Devils say "Hello." with a play bite to the jowls of their community.

In other words, this cancer is worse than AIDS at a swingers' club.
 
2012-02-17 06:45:03 AM
It's like the devil zombie apocalypse.
 
2012-02-17 07:02:29 AM
It is spread by biting. The only thing a Tasmanian Devil bites that lives long enough to get cancer is another Tasmanian Devil.
 
2012-02-17 07:08:58 AM
Spread only through biting. This is how zombie outbreaks begin.
 
2012-02-17 07:15:24 AM
I thought the article would be about makeup.
 
2012-02-17 07:38:03 AM
I'm not one to ascribe natural events to a higher power, but a species that bites each others faces for fun is hit by a transmissible cancer that spreads only by face-biting? It sounds like a vengeful deity is trying to kill those hideous little monsters off.

/my money is on Zeus. Ironic punishments are kinda his thing.
 
2012-02-17 07:41:07 AM
At first I was like:

msnbcmedia4.msn.com

But then I was like:

msnbcmedia2.msn.com
 
2012-02-17 08:03:17 AM
"contagious cancer"

Well there's two words I've hoped never to see together...
=Smidge=
 
2012-02-17 08:06:08 AM
Is there a way we can get this spread to white-trash chicks who wear dirty Taz shirts to Wal-Mart?
 
2012-02-17 08:10:56 AM
Why for you infect me with horrible facial tumors?
 
2012-02-17 08:13:42 AM
www.zubeworld.com

Looks dangerous.
 
2012-02-17 08:26:21 AM
www2.macleans.ca

Wow, what a great kisser
 
2012-02-17 08:27:56 AM
Remember how HIV transferred from monkeys to humans? Contagious cancer sounds horrible.
 
2012-02-17 08:29:22 AM
Thank all you Farkers for making me aware of transmissible parasitic cancer.
 
2012-02-17 08:33:50 AM

jjwars1: Remember how HIV transferred from monkeys to humans? Contagious cancer sounds horrible.


But this is transferred via mouth to mouth contact, not sex.
 
2012-02-17 08:36:07 AM
I should not have opened this article while eating my scrambled eggs and ham fritata
 
2012-02-17 08:36:32 AM
 
2012-02-17 08:37:27 AM

jjwars1: Remember how HIV transferred from monkeys to humans? Contagious cancer sounds horrible.


Just to be safe, I will no longer allow face-baiting behavior at my residence.
 
2012-02-17 08:38:10 AM
face-biting even...
 
2012-02-17 08:41:00 AM

jjwars1: Remember how HIV transferred from monkeys to humans? Contagious cancer sounds horrible.


yeah but that's what viruses do. This is farking cancer that jumps from being to being. Cancer can exist because the inflicted's immune system recognizes the dna as one of it's own. how the fark is someone else's cancer tricking the new devil's immune system? That's what's scary.

Now prepare for 20 minutes of Radiolab awesome. (new window)
 
2012-02-17 08:47:36 AM
A devil girl once bit my sister.
 
2012-02-17 08:54:22 AM
img.photobucket.com

/got nuthin
 
2012-02-17 08:55:24 AM

Wasilla Hillbilly: jjwars1: Remember how HIV transferred from monkeys to humans? Contagious cancer sounds horrible.

Just to be safe, I will no longer allow face-baiting behavior at my residence.


what a face baiter might look like:

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2012-02-17 08:56:11 AM
static.guim.co.uk

This woman, Henrietta Lacks, had died in the 50s from a very strange form of cancer which was able to replicate itself endlessly in a Petri dish. One would think that telemere shortening would eventually age this cancer and cause all of the strains to die of old age, but that's not the case. This woman's cancer essentially evolved into its own life form, and in many cases, has escaped Petri dishes and has been found elsewhere, after catching a ride on a single grain of dust.

Now maybe, just maybe, there's a HeLa culture out there capable of undergoing one more mutation, a mutation allowing it to survive and replicate in the lungs of a researcher who accidentally inhales a few cells into his lungs, creating a new type of contagious cancer. And from there, well, who knows what could happen...

msnbcmedia2.msn.com
 
2012-02-17 09:01:43 AM

Baron Harkonnen: [static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

This woman, Henrietta Lacks, had died in the 50s from a very strange form of cancer which was able to replicate itself endlessly in a Petri dish. One would think that telemere shortening would eventually age this cancer and cause all of the strains to die of old age, but that's not the case. This woman's cancer essentially evolved into its own life form, and in many cases, has escaped Petri dishes and has been found elsewhere, after catching a ride on a single grain of dust.

Now maybe, just maybe, there's a HeLa culture out there capable of undergoing one more mutation, a mutation allowing it to survive and replicate in the lungs of a researcher who accidentally inhales a few cells into his lungs, creating a new type of contagious cancer. And from there, well, who knows what could happen...

[msnbcmedia2.msn.com image 396x297]


Currently too much genetic diversity in the human population for that scenario. Thanks, Radiolab!
 
2012-02-17 10:15:48 AM
so subby dated my ex wife after we broke up
 
2012-02-17 10:55:55 AM
Jesus, Subby. I'm eating here!

/Gross
 
2012-02-17 11:01:55 AM

tanman1975: yeah but that's what viruses do. This is farking cancer that jumps from being to being.


but is it cancer or a virus that causes a distinct type of cancer that causes the spread?
 
2012-02-17 11:08:42 AM
well Im gonna have nightmares for the rest of my life
 
2012-02-17 11:12:16 AM
Is there no way to isolate a bunch of uninfected and completely cordo them off so the species might survive?
 
2012-02-17 11:14:37 AM
The cancer's genome is unusually stable, though, so if there is a ray of light in this story, it may be that if scientists can find just one stable vulnerability in the cancer, they can successfully attack it before it wipes out the devils.

*keepin' mah fingars crossed!*
 
2012-02-17 11:16:23 AM

dababler: Is there no way to isolate a bunch of uninfected and completely cordo them off so the species might survive?


I read in another article a that Oz is planning just that, by introducing devils to other islands and perhaps even to the mainland, where they once were common, but died out long ago.
 
2012-02-17 11:16:39 AM
I read in a separate article about this, some time back. Some other scientist thinks its really more like herpes. Yes it cancer, but an std herpe like cancer.
/citation needed.
 
2012-02-17 11:20:14 AM

ko_kyi: tanman1975: yeah but that's what viruses do. This is farking cancer that jumps from being to being.

but is it cancer or a virus that causes a distinct type of cancer that causes the spread?


The cancer started as a mutation from the original Tasmanian Devil. When she bit other devils, parts of the tumor fell off her and onto wounds of the other devils, where they attached and continued to grow.

The problem is all the devils are very closely related. They almost went extinct recently, so the entire existing community are descendants of a relatively small gene pool (ergo, they're all fairly inbred and share the same DNA). As a result, few of the other Devils' immune systems recognize the bits of cancerous tumor as being different enough to recognize it as another being's DNA.

Voila, contagious tumors!
 
2012-02-17 11:20:35 AM

Ed Finnerty: This, friends, is why you never go ass to mouth.


Sometimes in the heat of the moment is acceptable
 
2012-02-17 11:24:06 AM

Kurmudgeon: [www.zubeworld.com image 438x357]

Looks dangerous.


Came here to post this, but you beat me to it! Nothing is obscure on FARK...
 
2012-02-17 11:38:55 AM
Sounds like a manga I read
s2.mangareader.net
 
2012-02-17 11:43:19 AM
Are there Tasmanian Devil preachers rallying against vaccines to it?
/Just bummed I'm too old for the HPV Vaccine
 
2012-02-17 11:46:27 AM

dababler: Is there no way to isolate a bunch of uninfected and completely cordo them off so the species might survive?


That's been done. The current "treatment" plan is to keep a healthy and uninfected population isolated until the infected animals all die off, and then reintroduce the species. But for that to work, they have to be sure that all the animals infected by the cancers are dead.
 
2012-02-17 12:22:46 PM
images.zap2it.com
 
2012-02-17 12:36:26 PM

dittybopper: jjwars1: Remember how HIV transferred from monkeys to humans?

Yep, by butchering monkeys for bushmeat while having an open wound, and possibly by eating undercooked and/or raw monkey.


Though it's been recognized in the last few years that variants may have been present in the West much earlier than commonly thought, but were classified as a general "wasting disease" going back to (iirc) the late 19th century.

It's interesting.
 
2012-02-17 12:59:41 PM
Now I has a sad... :(
 
2012-02-17 01:26:09 PM
That is just heartbreaking. I've never met a Tasmanian Devil, but like most people I have a fondness for small furry creatures, and that is a horrendously terrible way to go out.
 
2012-02-17 01:35:25 PM

KiltedBastich: The current "treatment" plan is to keep a healthy and uninfected population isolated until the infected animals all die off, and then reintroduce the species. But for that to work, they have to be sure that all the animals infected by the cancers are dead.


So, a random mutation sparked a deadly disease spread by the infecteds' uncontrollable urge to bite healthy specimens, and this has spread at lightning speed, nearly eradicating the entire species. The only hope for the entire race is for a small group of uninfected survivors to hold out and re-populate after the roving horde of living dead infected rot away.

Kick-ass.
 
2012-02-17 01:49:44 PM

DON.MAC: What happens if this jumps to other species?


Read all about HeLa. A single-cell ameboid that can cause cancel in any mammal. It's been around for a long time.
 
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