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Fukushima Butterflies

Butterflies around the Fukushima plant have been found to have high levels of genetic mutations

Butterflies around the Fukushima plant have been found to have high levels of genetic mutations

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A new research report from Japan has been looking at butterflies in Fukushima, the area affected by last year's nuclear meltdown. And what they've found is causing concern.

Insects are generally resistant to radiation. But this new research from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa shows butterflies from Fukushima have been severely mutated.

University of South Carolina biologist Tim Mousseau studies the impact of radiation on plants and animals. He has been examining the Japanese research team's findings. We reached Professor Mousseau at his office in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

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