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What cancer in clams might tell us about cancer in humans

from The Washington Post

Why, the researchers wondered, had outbreaks of a leukemia-like cancer been ravaging soft-shell clams along the East Coast for decades? Perhaps a virus was spreading the disease. Maybe something about the environment made the mollusks prone to the fatal illness. The answer was far more surprising: The tumor cells themselves were contagious, and each had the same origin. The cancer had originated in some ill-fated clam long ago, grown and divided, then made its way into other clams, from Long Island to Canada. more


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