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Cedric the lifesaving devil

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Vet Alex Kriess with Cedric the Tasmanian devil

A Tasmanian devil by the name of Cedric may hold the key to the future of his species.

He is an extraordinary devil, guinea pig and possible saviour, who is naturally resistant to the contagious facial tumours which have already killed half the devil population in Tasmania.

Cedric was caught by scientists this time last year. Now it seems he is the best chance yet scientists have to developing a devil-saving vaccine.

By working with their colleagues at Sydney University, Hobart scientists have discovered it is Cedric’s genes that are protecting him from the cancer.

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frogpondsrock 04.04.08 at 8:38 pm

The scientists are also desperately trying to raise 5 million dollars , which is what it will cost to pursue this potential species saving study….

Grace 09.12.10 at 11:14 am

Such a beautiful photo of Cedric, so sad to know that the poor little guy didn’t make it.

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