1st contagious cancer that spreads between species

UBC scientists were involved in research that found the first contagious cancer that can spread between species, CBC News reported.

The leukemia-like disease seems to be widespread among shellfish with hinged shells, or bivalves, like clams, mussels and cockles.

Environment Canada scientists worked with UBC researchers to collect mussels in West Vancouver and Esquimalt, B.C. and test them for cancer.