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Radiation is used in medical research but when its present ina great amount to the outside world it has a negative effect In April1986 a terrible accident happened in a power plant Many people dieddue to the radiation affected five million people in the near townsThe explosion of Chernobyl killed many people and it devastatedimmediately the environment and the health of people and animals manyyears later Chernobyl Nuclear Accident The Chernobyl Accident 25 Years ofCancer Research Np nd Web 26 Apr 2013 When the nuclear power plant exploded the first to receive theimpact was Worm Wood Forest it received all the radiation that itslowly started to die The radiation caused the trees to have deep redhue because it mixed with its DNA structure Half of the forest wasbulldozed down and burned to the ground because it was the most pollutedwith radiation The Red Forest is the most contaminated area in theworld but there has been many reports of animals living in the forestMany scientist have used robots to search around the areas of the powerplant to see if there was any organism benefiting off the radiationInside the power plant there have been two types of fungus that thriveoff the radiation the Cryptococcus neoformans and the Cladosporium These fungus absorb the radiation using a defense called melanin toharness the energy from the radiation The Chernobyl 1984-2009 Then and Now Chernobyl 1984-2009 Then and NowNp nd Web 26 Apr 2013 Over the course of the years many animals have been born intothe contaminated areas and they are born with mutations in there geneswhich affect their physical appearance The radiation mixes with the DNAcode then messes up the codons The error in the codon may cause aundesirable mutation in the animal such as a third leg or an extra
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