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It sounds like the plot of a summer horror flick: Malignant cells floating in the sea, ferrying infectious cancer everywhere they go.
The story is all too true, say scientists who’ve made a discovery they call “beyond surprising.”
Outbreaks of leukemia that have devastated populations of soft-shell clams (Mya arenaria) along the east coast of the U.S. and Canada are the result of cancerous tumor cells making their way from one clam to another.
“The evidence indicates that the tumor cells themselves are contagious – that they can spread from one clam to another in the ocean,” says biochemist and immunologist Stephen Goff of Columbia University, co-author, along with Michael Metzger of Columbia, of a paper reporting the results in the journal Cell.
71% of men survive leukaemia (all subtypes combined) for at least one year, and this is predicted to fall to 54% surviving for five years or more, as shown by age-standardised Open a glossary item net survival for patients diagnosed with leukaemia during 2010-2011 in England and Wales. Survival for women is slightly lower, with 66% surviving for one year or more, and 49% predicted to survive for at least five years.