APTOPIX Japan Mutant Butterflies

APTOPIX Japan Mutant Butterflies

In this undated photo taken by Chiyo Nohara at University of the Ryukyus and released by the university, an adult pale grass blue butterfly collected near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is shown with dented eyes and stunted wings at the university laboratory in Nishihara, Okinawa, southern Japan. Japanese researchers said they found mutations in butterflies caused by radiation from the power plant. A member of the team conducting the research, Joji Otaki of the university, said Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, that his group's findings show radiation emitted following catastrophic meltdowns in three of the plant’s reactors after it was damaged by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 is affecting the environment. (AP Photo/Chiyo Nohara of University of the Ryukyus) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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