Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Cancer

Transmissible tumours under the sea

Subjects

In some species, cancer cells can be directly transmitted between individuals. An analysis in shellfish now shows that some transmissible cancers can even cross the species barrier. See Letter p.705

This is a preview of subscription content

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

Figure 1: Cancer cells can be transmitted between shellfish species.

Notes

  1. 1.

    See all news & views

References

  1. 1

    Metzger, M. J. et al. Nature 534, 705–709 (2016).

    ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2

    Metzger, M. J., Reinisch, C., Sherry, J. & Goff, S. P. Cell 161, 255–263 (2015).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3

    Murchison, E. P. Oncogene 27 (Suppl. 2), S19–S30 (2008).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  4. 4

    Pye, R. J. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 113, 374–379 (2016).

    ADS  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5

    Barber, B. J. Aquat. Living Resour. 17, 449–466 (2004).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6

    Carballal, M. J., Barber, B. J., Iglesias, D. & Villalba, A. J. Invert. Pathol. 131, 83–106 (2015).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7

    Fanley, C. A. Natl Cancer Inst. Monogr. 31, 541–555 (1969).

    CAS  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  8. 8

    Strakova, A. & Murchison, E. P. Curr. Opin. Genet. Dev. 30, 49–55 (2015).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9

    Muehlenbachs, A., Mathison, B. A. & Olson, P. D. N. Engl. J. Med. 373, 1845–1852 (2015).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Elizabeth P. Murchison.

Related audio

Related links

Related links

Related links in Nature Research

Cancer biology: Infectious tumour cells

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Murchison, E. Transmissible tumours under the sea. Nature 534, 628–629 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature18455

Download citation

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing