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Saving the Devils is in the details: Tasmanian Devil facial tumor disease can be eliminated with interventions


Drawert, B and Flies, AS and Matthew, S and Powell, M and Rumsey, B, Saving the Devils is in the details: Tasmanian Devil facial tumor disease can be eliminated with interventions, Letters in Biomathematics, 9, (1) pp. 121-140. ISSN 2373-7867 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1101/2022.04.03.486872


Tasmanian Devils facial tumor disease (DFTD) is severely impacting the population of this wild animal. We developed a computational model of the population of Tasmanian Devils, and the change induced by DFTD. We use this model to test possible intervention strategies Tasmanian conservationists could do. We investigate bait drop vaccination programs, diseased animal removals programs, and evolution of natural immunity. We conclude that a combination of intervention strategies gives the most favorable outcome. An additional goal of this paper is reproducibility of our results. Our StochSS software platform features the ability to share and reproduce the computational notebooks that created all of the results in the paper. We endeavor that all readers should be able to reproduce our results with minimum effort.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:oral bait vaccine, mathematical model, Tasmanian devil, cancer
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Infectious diseases
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Veterinary pharmaceutical products
Objective Field:Veterinary biological preventatives
UTAS Author:Flies, AS (Dr Andy Flies)
ID Code:154360
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-11-25
Last Modified:2022-12-16

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