Plutonium releases from Fukushima plant highlighted in final sentence of butterfly mutation study

Published: August 15th, 2012 at 1:41 pm ET


Title: The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly
Source: Scientific Reports (via Nature)
Authors: Atsuki Hiyama, Chiyo Nohara, Seira Kinjo, Wataru Taira, Shinichi Gima, Akira Tanahara
& Joji M. Otaki
Published: August 9, 2012



We demonstrated that the Z. maha population in the Fukushima area is deteriorating physiologically and genetically.


[We] conclude that the present outbreak of abnormal individuals in the Fukushima area was caused by random genetic mutations in addition to physiological effects due to the artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima Dai-ich NPP.

Our demonstration of heritable germ-line genetic damage caused by low-dose exposure due to radioactive contamination in a species of butterfly has invaluable implications for the possible future effects of radiation on animals. In view of the detection of plutonium released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP44, the possible risk of internal exposure from ingestion should be investigated more accurately in the near future.

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Published: August 15th, 2012 at 1:41 pm ET


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22 comments to Plutonium releases from Fukushima plant highlighted in final sentence of butterfly mutation study

  • "In view of the detection of plutonium released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP44…"

    Somebody actually said the 'P' word.

    "P L U T O N I U M !"

    Could somebody please tell me again 'why' ALL CHILDREN within 50 miles have not been evacuated?

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  • arclight arclight

    Plutonium from Sellafield in all children's teeth
    Government admits plant is the source of contamination but says risk is 'minute'

    Antony Barnett, public affairs editor
    The Observer, Sunday 30 November 2003

    "..The original research was carried out in 1997 by Professor Nick Priest who was working for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. At the time the conclusions of the research received little attention because the study concluded that the contamination levels were so minuscule they were thought to pose an 'insignificant' health risk.

    But earlier this year the Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters, looking at health risks posed by radioactive materials, examined Priest's study. Some of the committee's members have now cast doubt on the conclusions that plutonium in children's teeth posed no health risk.

    Professor Eric Wright, of Dundee University Medical School, is one of the country's leading experts on blood disorders and a member of the committee. He believes that the tiny specks of plutonium in children's teeth caused by Sellafield radioactive pollution might lead to some people falling ill with cancer.

    He said: 'There are genuine concerns that the risks from internal emitters of radiation are more hazardous [than previously thought]. The real question is by how much. Is it two or three times more risky… or more than a hundred?……."

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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "the possible risk of internal exposure from ingestion should be investigated more accurately in the near future"

    Possible risk? I think we're about 40 years beyond that point. Are these researchers too stupid to do a Google search on 'radionuclide ingestion'? These studies have been out there for decades, and now these 'doctors' want us to think we need more studies?


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    • arclight arclight

      "..Are these researchers too stupid..", actually they are quite clever!

      World Health Organisation fails to protect people from nuclear radiation

      "..A directive was issued by the University of Fukushima not to mention nuclear issues. Only one young ecology professor is attempting to carry out studies on the effects of the disaster on children. He has received threats. The majority of academics are toeing the line, and are ‘looking the other way’ for the sake of their careers: this is very serious. A country as strong in matters of research as Japan, should be thoroughly investigating the genetic alterations induced by the contamination and developing antimutagenic agents to reduce genetic abnormalities that will be passed on from generation to generation…."

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      • arclight arclight

        and no submissions for contaminated issues from the Japanese Thyroid Association

        they are more interested in oncology and xrays at airports this year??????

        so they are clever at looking in all the wrong places for thyroid problems in up to 500,000 children (including Miyagi)

        heres a snippet from their website

        google translated

        ".."Creating a guidance of therapy internal use I-131.." for oncology

        there is more money in that..
        aint it true

        follow the money..

        wonder where they get the iodine 131 from?? Oi?

        treatment instead of evacuation is against the residents human rights
        and the Alternative WHO have quite alot to say about that…

        link to Japan Thyroid Assoc (japanese)

        link to the alternative independent WHO

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Stuff needs to be outlawed. Absolutely no reason not to.

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  • arclight arclight

    July 12, 2012, 9:58 AM 14 Comments
    Fukushima vs. Chernobyl: How Have Animals Fared?

    "…Contaminated areas of Chernobyl and Fukushima are unlikely to be hospitable habitats for years to come. In Chernobyl, for example, the amount of americium-241, a highly radiotoxic isotope if ingested, is actually increasing as its parent nuclide, plutonium, decays. Radioactive materials like cesium are brought back to the surface soil each year by plant growth and pollination.

    And some plutonium isotopes have half-lives of 24,000 years. “These radioactive materials are going to be around for quite a while,” Dr. Mousseau said. “We’re looking at hundreds of years before many of the forested areas get better.”

    He and his colleagues plan to continue their surveys at the same time and place each year to see how the populations change…."

    "..Dr. Mousseau said

    In Fukushima, animals have only cycled through a few generations at most since the disaster, so any mutations have probably not begun to manifest themselves. For short-lived species like insects, however, mutations could soon start to appear…."

    PUZZLING STATEMENT he mentioned this in july? i believe..
    and we have massive deformations in august, reports and data all collated.. odd?

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  • arclight arclight

    Critical Alliances: Japan’s Yamashita and USA’s Yanagisawa –convincing the world of radiophobia lies
    “Critical Alliances” is an article by Fukushima Voice

    "..One of the speakers was Robert Yanagisawa, M.D., an endocrinologist and an Associate Professor in Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He spoke through the Internet on “Radiophobia and Reality of Thyroid Cancer.”

    “..He established the Mt. Sinai-Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU) exchange program, and has been appointed Visiting Professor by TWMU….”

    “..Incidentally, Tokyo Women’s Medical University is one of the hospitals which have put up signs refusing to examine patients for radiation-related illnesses..”…"

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  • Sol Man

    We must outlaw nuclear power while we still are on planet earth. It is the only way to manifest the vision of survivability for our progeny. We,must have leaders that are true visionaries and will work tirelessly to support the research into alternative means of generating needed power; not based in C, nor nuclear.
    This will only work if it is not already too late. The constant creation and bombarding of radionuclides continues non-stop.
    There are few words to describe the danger that we face.

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