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Tiny Worms at Chernobyl Appear Mysteriously Unscathed by Radiation

Added on 2024-03-20 08:42:40 by Bezerra, Tânia Nara
Nature 07 March 2024 By Michelle Starr - The research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Microscopic worms that live their lives in the highly radioactive environment of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) appear to do so completely free of radiation damage.
Nematodes collected from the area have shown no sign of damage to their genomes, contrary to what might be expected for organisms living in such a dangerous place. The finding doesn't suggest the CEZ is safe, the researchers say, but rather the worms are resilient and able to adroitly adapt to conditions that might be inhospitable to other species.


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