Japan Times column on nuclear mutations: Professor seeing ‘increase in negative effects’ from Fukushima since last year — Report of insect with leg growing from head (PHOTO)

Published: December 9th, 2012 at 11:37 am ET
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Title: Chernobyl factored in the fall of a corrupt regime — Fukushima may too
Source: The Japan Times
Author: ROGER PULVERS
Date: Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

There are approximately 7,000 exhibits in Kiev’s Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum. (The location of the nuclear plant that exploded on April 26, 1986 is spelled this way in Ukrainian.) Among the documents, photographs, maps and objects at this museum that opened on the sixth anniversary of the accident is a little piglet.

The piglet was born after the accident in the vicinity of the plant with a deformity known as dipygus. Its body, on display, is forked at the torso and possesses too many legs.

“The amount of mutations in people and animals grew sharply after the catastrophe,” states the explanation accompanying the display. [...]

What is the true nature of the destruction caused by radioactive contamination in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, an area stretching out in a 31-km radius from the plant? And what can we expect to find in a similar zone in Fukushima Prefecture? [...]

Timothy Mousseau, professor of biological sciences at the University of South Carolina [...] said to me, “Our second year of sampling in Fukushima in July 2012 suggests an increase in negative effects on animals living in the areas of high contamination, so it is imperative that these studies continue.” [...]

Source: http://www.freeml.com/bl/8694840/123147/
“In 300km area from Fukushima plant, variety of mutated cicadas were observed.” -Fukushima Diary

Source: http://www.freeml.com/bl/8694840/123147/

Title: Lamb found with leg growing from its head
Source: Telegraph
Date: June 27, 2009
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AUSTRALIA — [...] The lamb has four normal fully-functioning legs and an extra leg with two feet growing out of the back of its head. [...]

Source: Daily Telegraph

A spokeswoman for the Sydney University veterinary facilities at Cobbitty said the lamb’s condition was extremely rare.

“There’s lots of things that can cause the abnormality like genetics or toxins which impair the development of different stages of the foetus,” she said.

“We don’t see it very often but when we do see it it can sometimes be because of something the animal ate.” [...]

See also: Biologist on Mutated Butterflies: Study is overwhelming in its implications for humans -- Japan Researcher: Insects were believed to be very resistant to radiation -- Irregularly developed eyes, malformed antennae, much smaller wings (PHOTO)

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