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Topic - Jim T. Smith
Radiation from the leaking Fukushima nuclear plant following last year's tsunami caused mutations in some butterflies and damaged the local environment though humans seem relatively unaffected, researchers say.
Radiation that leaked from the Fukushima nuclear plant following last year's tsunami caused mutations in some butterflies _ including dented eyes and stunted wings _ though humans seem relatively unaffected, researchers say.
Even in the area near Chernobyl in the Ukraine, the absence of humans who left after the 1986 nuclear accident there has actually benefited local fauna in the long run, said Smith, who has conducted research on radiation's effects on aquatic insects.
The research appears to be "a very thorough study," said Jim T. Smith of Britain's University of Portsmouth, also another outsider.