Genetic Studies of Wildlife in the Hot Zone Reach Different Conclusions

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Science  20 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5516, pp. 421
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5516.421

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SLAVUTYCH, UKRAINE-- A new U.S.-Ukraine laboratory is studying wild animals in the 30-km-radius "exclusion zone" surrounding the Chornobyl nuclear reactor. In the 15 years since most people were evacuated from the zone, it has become a refuge for wildlife. But the zone's vibrant wildlife masks a debate over the genetic health of animals exposed to lingering contamination from Chornobyl.