A research team of the University of Ryukyus published their study over the biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly on Science Reports, a British online science magazine, on August 10, 2012. The essay concludes that the artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused physiological and genetic damage to the pale grass blue Zizeeria maha, a common lycaenid butterfly in Japan. The research team collected the samples of the pale grass blue butterflies at 10 locations including Fukushima, Ibaraki and Tokyo. In the study, the observation of 144 butterflies collected in May 2011 revealed the second (F2) generation in some parts of Fukushima had higher likelihood of death in comparison with those from other regions. Additionally, the male forewing size was significantly reduced in the Fukushima population.
Tokyo Shinbun Newspaper 10, 08, 2012
Read the full essay on Science Reports here
Supplementary reading- the article from CNN blog
Do you think the evidences on this science report can apply to the cases of human-beings? Or, should we take different approaches when we consider the impact of radiation on human body?
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