Mutant Butterflies Born From 2011 Tsunami

Butterflies are known to be important tools in investigating the long-term impacts of environmental changes. So when three reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant seized due to severe damage from the tsunami that hit Japan early last year, radioactive radiation leaked into the air and caused a widespread of mutation and growth abnormalities in butterfly species.

144 samples of adult pale grass blue butterflies were collected from 10 locations in Japan including Fukushima where there were extremely high levels of radiation in the environment… read more

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