Adaptive Radiation

The 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine offers a rare opportunity to study what happens in a natural environment over time after it is dosed with a blast of radiation. About thirty people died from acute radiation syndrome or burns during the disaster, and it has been blamed for an increase in thyroid cancer deaths.

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