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Birds Adapt to Long-Term Radiation Exposure

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Birds in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl are adapting to - and may even be benefiting from - long-term exposure to radiation.

Ecologists have found evidence that wild animals were adapting to ionising radiation from the worst nuclear disaster in history. Birds that produce the most pheomelanin, a pigment found in feathers, have the greatest problems coping with radiation exposure, said researchers.

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