Side ef­fects

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

Mon­keys are the lat­est ca­su­alty of the 2011 Fukushima nu­clear plant dis­as­ter. A new study sug­gests that the ra­dioac­tive fall­out of the dis­as­ter has low­ered the im­mu­nity of Ja­panese macaques in Fukushima re­gion. The sci­en­tists found that macaques from the re­gion have low white and red blood cell lev­els and low haemoglobin, mak­ing the species prone to in­fec­tious dis­eases. The sci­en­tists came to the con­clu­sion af­ter com­par­ing 61 mon­keys liv­ing 70 km from the nu­clear power plant with 31 mon­keys from the Shimokita Penisula, 400 km from Fukushima.

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