18 Aug '12, 2pm

#福島 Butterfly Mutations post-Fukushima - The Earth Times: The Earth TimesButterfly Mutations... #fukushima #nuclear

#福島 Butterfly Mutations post-Fukushima - The Earth Times: The Earth TimesButterfly Mutations... #fukushima #nuclear

A pale grass blue, shown in all its glory, far away from the Fukushima disaster area - Butterfly Image ; Credit: © Shutterstock When Hiroshima and Nagasaki exploded, the research on their effects was on human misery and human effects. Today, we have another Japanese disaster, Fukushima, which allows the more scientific investigation of the effects of nuclear particles such as iodine on the genotype of a species. Human results I'm sure will be produced, but a short life cycle like the annual butterfly can give us results now that will affect future generations. This study, published in Nature , is admirable in its depth and findings on the genetic change in generations we can expect from radiation. Two months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster , 144 specimens of the pale grass blue were collected from the 10 localities shown on the map below. Credit: © Nature Above: (a) C...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/nature/butterfly-mutations-post...

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