Thank you for the support!

Thank you to everyone who continues to support our research through the Save the Tasmanian devil appeal. The #TassieDevil immunology and vaccine research has been sustained by this program and led to a successful 3-year ARC DECRA fellowship for Dr Andrew Flies @WildImmunity.

Another Emerging Mosquito-Borne Disease? Endemic Ross River Virus Transmission in the Absence of Marsupial Reservoirs | BioScience | Oxford Academic

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https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biy011/4913798

Want to see what a normal distribution looks like?

This “statistics in slow motion” video is the best visual example that I have seen for understanding how statistics and probability work! It is highly unlikely that all of the beads will end up at the edges in any experiment – most will end up in the middle (i.e. normal distribution).

Wild Populations of Tasmanian Devils Continue to Decline, Study Shows | Biology | Sci-News.com

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http://www.sci-news.com/biology/wild-populations-tasmanian-devils-decline-05732.html

Devils + jellyfish + molecular biology = immunology tools

Lighting up fluorescent proteins in person is more fun, but images from the prototype #fluorobox I designed for #ScienceWorthSeeing event give you the idea.

 

Check out the new Tasmanian devil @WildImmunity logo!

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The picture is of a Tasmanian devil for those of you that have only seen Taz from @WBLooneyTunes

Listen to the ABC radio interview of @WildImmunity for the Science Worth Seeing event

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The #ScienceWorthSeeing event was a huge success. Click here to listen to Andy’s ABC radio interview leading up to the event.

Thanks to the University of Tasmania (@UTAS_), Inspiring Australia (@inspiringaus), IMAS (@IMASUTAS) and all Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (@BonorongTAS) for hosting the event.

Latest news from the field about the Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease #DFTD

Important take aways from a long-term analysis of devil facial tumour disease #DFTD
1. “these results indicate that plasticity in devil life history traits, that are triggered by reduced densities, have allowed them to persist with the disease to date”
2. “results show that prevalence increased in 1-year-old devils with years since DFTD. Our results support the idea that the frequency of encounter in young devils increases as they breed younger and therefore increases their chances of contracting DFTD”
3. “precocial breeding may be a powerful offset to DFTD. We suspect that the rate of precocial breeding and the number of pouch young per female may be near maximum capacity in response to the reduced densities caused by DFTD”

Short radio interview on ABC radio Hobart about our devil facial tumour research

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Click here to listen to the interview @abchobart. Skip ahead 1 hour 45 minutes to hear about the Tasmanian devils.

Let’s learn about the Remarkable Tasmanian devil together on Sunday, Feb 4 at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery! 

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Dr Andrew Flies @WildImmunity will be presenting and learning about the iconic Tasmanian devil @TasMuseum  @UTAS_ @ResearchMenzies