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Contagious Cancer is More Common than Previously Thought

Although it is a rare occurrence, cancer can spread from one creature to another. In the past, this phenomenon had only been found in tasmanian devils, dogs, and clams. However, after conducting a gene sequence of marine creatures known as bivalves, researchers found that cancer can be contagious between other species of mollusks. They have also found evidence of cross-species transmission among the bivalve class of sea-life.

Scientists are quick to point out that this is not a reason to stop eating your favorite seafood dishes. It is their strong belief that this contagion only happens between shellfish, and is not transmissible to humans.

Click here to read an article about this research published on Science Daily.