December 1, 2023



Contagious form of cancer spreading among clams, study reveals

Study Finds

By James Anderer – January 28, 2022

SANTIAGO, Spain — Could cancer become a contagious disease? A recent study finds a blood cancer has “jumped” from one species of clam to another, spreading among mollusks from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

Cancer is an awful disease, but doctors don’t usually consider it contagious. So, what’s going on here? Scientists from the University of Santiago de Compostela report this work further validates previously collected evidence suggesting cancers may have the capacity to spread among different species of bivalve shellfish. Importantly, however, the research also indicates that human activities may inadvertently be contributing to this troubling phenomenon.

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