Scientists fear increased genetic defects in humans from Fukushima disaster after results of butterfly study

Published: August 22nd, 2012 at 5:33 pm ET


Title: Scientists fear increased genetic defects in Fukushima
Source: Deutsche Welle (Public Broadcaster)
Author: Judith Hartl
Date: Aug 16, 2012

Scientists fear increased genetic defects in Fukushima

The effects of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima have now become visible in butterflies. Researchers worry the effects may start to be felt among human beings.


“The findings of the Japanese scientists don’t surprise me. There were similar findings in studies conducted after Chernobyl,” [Winfrid Eisenberg, radiation expert and member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)] explained.


Even today, Eisenberg said [Chernobyl] researchers continue to find around 100 times more genetic mutations in field mice, now the 52nd generation since the disaster, than in mice in uncontaminated areas.

Swallows were also greatly affected. In Chernobyl and its surrounding area, the birds are as good as extinct. The ones that do still exist there have “very small heads and very low success rates in breeding,” Eisenberg explained.

Winfrid Eisenberg fears that people will increasingly see the effects of nuclear radiation


But not only animals and insects pass on genetic defects to their offspring. Nine months after Chernobyl, there was a significant increase in the number of babies born with trisomy 21 (also known as Down syndrome)


Even small amounts of radiation can be dangerous


Peter Jacob, head of the Institute for Radiation Protection at the Helmholz Center in Munich, told DW that even small quantities of radiation was enough to cause damage.


Published: August 22nd, 2012 at 5:33 pm ET


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13 comments to Scientists fear increased genetic defects in humans from Fukushima disaster after results of butterfly study

  • rambojim

    Who would have thought?

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Perhaps that is why they always ask women if there is any chance of them being pregnant before any z-ray. Duh

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    We all here fear this, and soon the world.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    You mean Scientists have just figured this out? They need to come to Enenews, we would have told them.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    A small group of men made a big mistake messing with atoms. And it needs to stop. Now.


    so, not only do we greedily pass-on massive debts to future generations, we ensure they'll have nothing but tears to go along with that impoverishment. You really can't get more depraved than this…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Today..makes 530 days.
    Now the "experts" have something to say about human genetic mutation due to radiation exposure.
    There are few involved now..that not heard of Enenews..
    Why pipe up now?
    The "experts" owe Enenews for bringing truth to this matter.
    And they owe Heart ..530 days of tears.

    • That's 17 MONTHS and 11 days.

      Ongoing. No end anytime soon.
      Most in the know realize that 'the situation' will get much worse in ways we haven't even thought of yet and/or are too horrible for most to think about or comprehend.

      Maybe the 'experts' should have had more 'fear' of genetic mutation before they risked building these 'profit for a few', economy destroying, Death Machines.

    • andagi andagi

      Dearest Heart of the Rose,
      Just remember –You ROCK!! 🙂
      P.S. Keep hydrated. We need you!

  • weeman

    In the future you and your wife will submit your sperm and overlies, their DNA will be analyisied and corrected, reinsert fertilized egg ( if mother is not radiated to much if not surrogate mother ) .
    The future off mankind thanks to Increased background radiation, only for the 2 percent not for us, only if we did not overkill our selfs, that much platinum in the atmosphere, what is your guess.

  • rambojim

    You'll pick your son,pick your daughter too
    from the bottom of a long glass tube

    Zager and Evans

    In The Year 2525