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Mussels victims of contagious cancer spread via maritime transport

2024-02-21T11:33:34.805Z

Highlights: Mussels are the most common source of cancer in the world. Most cancers develop from cells that mutate and multiply within the same individual. Very rare cancers have acquired the ability to spread from one person to another. This is why it is important to prevent the spread of cancer through the use of mussels as a source of food. The risk of cancer spreading through the mussels is greater if they are in contact with each other. The risks of cancer spread through the Mussels are greater if the Mussel population is not protected.


DECRYPTION - Researchers show that the disease is very present in commercial and recreational ports, favoring the spread of the disease to schools of wild mussels.


A contagious cancer affecting mussels is spreading around the world via shipping.

According to researchers from the CNRS and the University of Montpellier, who published their results on February 21 in the journal

Proceedings of the Royal Society B,

this form of leukemia is more common among bivalves living in seaports than in the wild. .

“This suggests that ports constitute epidemiological centers from which cancer (

called MtrBTN2 by scientists, Editor's note)

spreads via maritime routes

,” indicates Nicolas Bierne, researcher at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier, and author of the study.

This discovery highlights the importance of preventive measures implemented on docks and boats to limit the movement of invasive species or pathogens.

Some cancers have acquired the ability to spread from one individual to another

Most cancers develop from cells that mutate and multiply within the same individual.

Very rare cancers, however, have acquired the ability to…

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Source: lefigaro

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