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'Severe abnormalities' found in Fukushima butterflies

13 August 2012 

'Severe abnormalities' found in Fukushima butterflies

By Nick Crumpton BBC News

The study found that mutation rates were much
higher among butterfly collected near Fukushima

Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment could have caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, a study has suggested.

Scientists found an increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident.

The link between the mutations and the radioactive material was shown by laboratory experiments, they report. (...)

The work has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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