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Desc:Radiation's aftermath: Still photographs of Chernobyl's mutations, in particular deformed children.
Category:Accidents & Explosions, Horror
Tags:Nuclear, Soviet Union, radiation, Chernobyl, deformed
Submitted:Merkwuerdigeliebe
Date:07/10/08
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kiint
and thus were the X-Men born
Cleaner82
*yakkity sax*
sheikurbouti
You bastard! You glorious beautiful BASTARD!

SpookyElectric
thankfully, I read this comment before viewing the video. i immediately muted it, and cued up the appropriate music.

kelpfoot
Not to be a dick, but aren't those mostly chromosomal disorders?
Meerkat
Many of those are cases of Billy Corgan Syndrome (BCS) which is similar to radiation, but different.

Merkwuerdigeliebe
Radiation induced chromosomal aberrations to be precise.

Merkwuerdigeliebe
"I'm sort of like a lame, single guy in a red sports car."

"I feel like I'm always fighting not to repeat myself."

~ Billy Corgan

kelpfoot
So how do you tell "radiation-induced" chromosomal disorders from the regular kind?

Merkwuerdigeliebe
In short, one would first identify whether a subject's biological parents suffered significant radiation poisoning. Then, genetic testing would reveal whether a germline mutation, or inheritable genetic defect, had occured in the DNA of reproductive cells. If so, this information would be used to determine whether the condition was pre-existing, or induced by radiation. Radiation-induced germline mutations may cause health problems which include miscarriages, stillbirths, congenital defects, neonatal or infant death, chromosomal abnormalities and cancer in later life.* Birth defects associated with ionizing radiation-induced germline mutations include mitocephaly, retardation, skull-defects, and severe limb deformities. Moreover, these, along with other conditions such as macrocephaly are known to result from in-vetro radiation exposure. All of these conditions are represented in the above photographs.

Because the Chernobyl disaster is the world's only level 7 incident on the International Nuclear Event Scale, many scientists consider those living in Chernobyl, Pripyat, and surrounding villages at the time of the event, along with the 800,000 "liquidators," to have been at risk for significant exposure. According to the IAEA, the "accident at Chernobyl was approximately 400 times more potent than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima." Although studies of Japanese survivors indicated only a slightly higher birth defect rate than normal, these researchers believed that genetic damage did occur because of the radiation exposure.* What is more, the rate of germline mutations in laboratory animal testing has been proven to rise dramatically in response to radiation exposure, results which scientists expect would be duplicated in humans.

Additionally, the events of Chernobyl and Hiroshima and Nagasaki are disparate and cannot be truly analyzed as directly comparable incidents -- the distinct nature of the events, initial rem dosage, radioactive elements and their emission rates, and fallout patterns have made research on Chernobyl to some degree unique. Because of the limited supply of living radioactive test subjects, and the antiquated tools and methods used to evaluate and study Japanese survivors, knowledge of the effects of radiation poisoning are incomplete; much remains within the realm of an educated guess. Studies are still on going to chart the full medical impact of Chernobyl and other nuclear incidents, including the effects of radiation on germline and somatic mutations.

*http://www.doh.wa.gov/hanford/publications/health/mon8.htm


Merkwuerdigeliebe
micocephaly*

Merkwuerdigeliebe
microcephaly**

kelpfoot
That didn't come close to answering my question, but thanks for trying.


kelpfoot
Nope, sorry.

kelpfoot
In case it isn't clear, the reason that wall of text is irrelevant is that it describes ordinary mutations in DNA. It DOESN'T describe chromosomal disorders, which are entirely distinct.

FABIO2
Sound OFF
fluffy
Could have done without the ridiculously overwrought music and occasional video effect. The same photos could have been so much more powerful with a more toned-down presentation. I mean, we already know radiation is bad mmmkay.
Konversekid
Reminds me of mushrooms.
ChocFullOfFunk
OOFO PORNO!!!!!
petep
did that helicopter fucking melt?
SpookyElectric
it's pretty clear that the pilot, probably in a radiation-induced daze, flew the helicopter against the crane.

petep
yeah you're right, my bad

mudl
where david lynch at?
B_Ko
Holy shit, that dude at 1:25 looks just like Tarantino.
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