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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chernobyl plants and animals thrive --- with minor changes --- in the unsafe-for-humans "exclusion zone."

Weird Science shrugs off Chernobyl

The proteomics of Chernobyl: The area immediately surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant has been deemed unfit for human habitation, but plants and animals don't pay attention to safety officials, and have happily taken advantage of the fact that they can go about their business undisturbed in the exclusion zone. Researchers have checked whether one plant that's thriving in the area (flax) has acquired any specific adaptations to deal with the radiation. The answer, apparently, is no. When the seeds of a plant grown with contaminated soil were checked using proteomes, only 35 proteins showed significant changes, and these performed a broad range of functions.


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