Friday, 25 April 2014

Chernobyl robins glow with health - with less DNA damage not more

This quotation is from BBC Radio 4 News Briefing, 5:30 Friday, 25 April 2014. [Time, from programme start: 6:37 to 6:58]
According to the Daily Telegraph scientists have discovered that Blackbirds and robins nesting near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine are thriving on radiation from the disaster in 1986. The paper reveals that they have less of the DNA damage associated with exposure to background radiation than birds living in other places.
The Daily Telegraph had a short, 24 line, article by Claire Carter on its front page Chernobyl robins glow with health.

See: Chronic exposure to low-dose radiation at Chernobyl favors adaptation to oxidative stress in birds, Functional Ecology, Galván, Bonisoli-Alquati, Jenkinson, Ghanem, Wakamatsu, Mousseau Møller, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12283 abstract, full article

PS: I can't say this is evidence of radiation hormesis. It could be due to epigenetics, developmental biology, or acclimatization of the immune system, ...

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