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[Merged] Butterfly Mutations Found

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#1    jugoso

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:04 AM


Researchers in Japan say they have found evidence that radiation from the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident has caused the mutation of dozens of butterflies.

Features such as stunted wings, irregularly developed eyes, disfigured antennas and different color patternsfound in butterflies from irradiated regions have led scientists to say they have found evidence to suggest a link between the genetic mutations and the radioactive material that was leaked into the environment last year.

"We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused physiological and genetic damage to this species," said the researchers' report, which was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.

The study is one of the first to explore the genetic impacts of the disaster.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 12:51 AM

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Researchers in Japan say they have found evidence that radiation from the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident has caused the mutation of dozens of butterflies.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Butterflies...

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 01:04 AM

If Butterflies are like that what about the people?


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Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:23 AM

As long as they don't turn into west Wonthagga killer moths we will be okay. :gun:


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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:47 PM

So human irresponsibility has caused more pain and suffering to innocent species. This is so sad and wrong.


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:06 AM

A Mother Jones article said:

Last March, the 9.0 magnitude Tōhoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that sent over 45-foot waves of water crashing down on the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. While health officials scrambled to quickly stabilize the situation, it was unclear how much radiation had made it out of the plant—and how it could affect people, plants, and animals who came into contact with it.

Preliminary studies concluded that most of the 140,000 people in the surrounding areas of Fukushima had probably been exposed to relatively low doses of radiation that probably wouldn't lead to any adverse health effects. But a new study published last week in Nature has shown that the radiation is causing a particularly sensitive population—the pale grass blue butterfly—to develop a slew of uncommon and potentially lethal physical abnormalities.

Researchers collected butterflies immediately following the nuclear meltdown and six months later, both from the surrounding areas of Fukushima and from various other localities in Japan where the butterfly is common. As compared with the butterflies collected from elsewhere in the country, Fukushima butterflies showed some abnormally-developed legs, dented eyes, deformed wing shapes, and changes to the color and spot patterns of their wings, with an overall abnormality rate of around 12 percent.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:00 AM

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:28 AM

Already a post about this in here somewhere .

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:39 AM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 26 August 2012 - 03:28 AM, said:

Already a post about this in here somewhere .

Asked 'em to delete it.

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