Butterflies in the Fukushima region plagued by "genetic damage" and…

A study of the pale grass blue butterfly in the regions around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, site of the 2011 radiation disaster, has revealed that the insects are giving birth to mutants at an alarming rate. Indeed, the butterflies collected from younger generations have more abnormalities than butterflies born… » 8/15/12 11:51am 8/15/12 11:51am

In 1913, newspapers predicted we'd be eating giant radioactive frog…

In the early 1900s, you were doing something terribly wrong if you weren't trying to cram as much radium as possible into your daily routine and body cavities. Life wasn't worth living unless it was jam-packed with irradiated golf balls and libido-enhancing suppositories. » 5/29/12 1:05pm 5/29/12 1:05pm

Fish in polluted waters have evolved into toxin-resistant super mutants

The Atlantic tomcod that live in the heavily polluted Hudson River have come up with an extreme solution to deal with all the toxins surrounding them: mutate, and mutate fast. But though their super-speedy adaptation has allowed them to survive over thirty years in the dirty rivers, it may have come at a terrible… » 2/17/11 4:33pm 2/17/11 4:33pm

All the Ways We Can Mess Up Your Brain

Yesterday we told you all about a recent study where a group of researchers identified the genes responsible for brain development in the womb. We pointed out, in our usual excitable way, that this discovery is the first step on the road to tinkering with those genes to produce mega-geniuses and mindless drones. The… » 7/07/08 7:00am 7/07/08 7:00am

A Genetic Mutation That Causes Humans to Walk on All Fours

In 2005, scientists discovered a few families in Hungary where some of the adults only walked on all fours. Few understood the causes of this rare condition, called Unertan syndrome. Some scientists speculated that the quadrupedal people had simply never learned to walk upright due to learning disabilities and lack of … » 6/02/08 8:00am 6/02/08 8:00am

Pollution is Mutating Your Sperm at an Alarming Rate

People living in areas with airborne toxins and pollution are likely to develop 60 percent more mutations in their sperm than people living in areas with relatively clean air. Sperm mutations could lead to infertility for the man, or might make his children suffer any number of birth defects. Will this quickly lead to … » 2/06/08 7:30am 2/06/08 7:30am