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LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
They're in considerable trouble. The only way I can see to save them
involves moving some to another island and writing off those you leave
Posted Jan 24, 2009 1:30 UTC (Sat) by i3839 (guest, #31386)
Bdale looked a lot better with his beard intact. :-/
Posted Jan 24, 2009 2:13 UTC (Sat) by jd (guest, #26381)
Posted Jan 24, 2009 2:42 UTC (Sat) by corbet (editor, #1)
The way the guy explained it at the event, the cancers themselves are contagious. In particular, the tumor cells are not the victim's cells; they come from outside. The lack of genetic diversity in the devil population makes that sort of propagation possible. It's weird (and nasty) stuff.
Posted Jan 24, 2009 13:29 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Yes, mammalian cell, you too can be an immortal unicellular organism.
Posted Jan 25, 2009 15:05 UTC (Sun) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
1) An immune system that isn't triggered
2) The ability to encourage blood vessel growth
3) Easy transmission of immortal cells
then cancer itself is transmissable. Human cancers have (to the best of our knowledge) failed to achieve these three, so we haven't seen anything similar so far. Tasmanian Devils live in a small and physically constrained ecosystem and so are fairly inbred, which limits their genetic diversity and thus ability to have immune responses to cells derived from near-identical organisms.
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