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Fighting a contagious cancer: Elizabeth Murchison on TED.com

Posted by: Emily McManus

What is killing the Tasmanian devil? A virulent cancer is infecting them by the thousands — and unlike most cancers, it’s contagious. Researcher Elizabeth Murchison tells us how she’s fighting to save the Taz, and what she’s learning about all cancers from this unusual strain. Contains disturbing images of facial cancer. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 13:04.)

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