April 22, 2024

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Wolves in Chernobyl Developing Cancer Resistance

Wolves in Chernobyl Developing Cancer Resistance



Wolves in Chernobyl Developing Cancer Resistance, New Research Reveals

Despite being exposed to significant levels of radiation, wolves in Chernobyl seem to be enhancing their resistance to cancer.

Wolves in the area are receiving over six times the legal safety limit of radiation for humans.

Nearly 40 years after the nuclear accident, wolves have developed genetic traits that make them less prone to cancer.

Research presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology revealed that wolves inhabiting Chernobyl in Ukraine are acquiring resistance to cancer.

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, released large amounts of radioactive substances that can cause cancer.

The radioactive legacy remains in the soil and water in Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia to this day.

Wolves in the highly contaminated areas are exposed to 11.28 millirems (0.1128 millisieverts) of radiation daily, over six times the legal safety limit for an average human worker.

Research conducted by Cara Love, an evolutionary biologist and ecotoxicologist at Princeton University, reveals how wolves have adapted to survive in such environments.

It was found that the immune system of wolves in Chernobyl has changed, similar to cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

The discovery of radiation resistance through scientific research could lead to innovative treatments and prevention strategies for cancer, making this research significant.

In 2014, Love and her team visited the Exclusion Zone (CEZ) within 30 km of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, fitted wolves with collars containing transmitters to track their movements, and monitored their radiation exposure in real time.

The worst nuclear accident in history released cancer-causing radiation and contaminated debris, rendering the area uninhabitable for humans, leading to the evacuation of around 350,000 people.

Wolves in Chernobyl Developing Cancer Resistance

Wolves in Chernobyl Developing Cancer Resistance

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