14 Aug '12, 10am

Mutant butterflies emerging from Fukushima radiation

Mutant butterflies emerging from Fukushima radiation

MATING MUTANTS: This is a pale grass blue butterfly, the species from which the mutants have emerged. (Photo: Wiki Commons) So far no ninja turtles have been spotted emerging from the nuclear fallout left from Japan's Fukushima disaster, but researchers have nonetheless discovered mutants of a different variety: butterflies, according to Physorg.com . And you know what mutant butterflies mean: mutant caterpillars. In fact, researchers have discovered that the butterflies' mutations are multiplying at an alarming rate through successive generations. If genetic damage done to one generation can reverberate through successive generations, even if following generations were not exposed to radiation, the findings could mean long-reaching consequences for humans exposed to the fallout. Unfortunately, the mutations inflicted on the butterflies have not been pretty. They typically...

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