PARIS: Monkeys near the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have lower blood cell counts than cousins living further away, possibly because of radiation exposure, a study said Thursday. A Japanese research team wrote in the journal Nature Scientific Reports that although they could not prove the link, the blood levels “might likely be the result of exposure to some form of radioactive material”. Fewer blood cells could make the monkeys more prone to disease, they said, and “may suggest that the immune system has been compromised to some extent”. The team had compared white and red blood cell levels in macaques living in a forest area of Fukushima City, 70 kilometres (43... more ›
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