Mutant butterflies found in japan, according to an article in Nature Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/srep00570, 9 August 2012.
Scientists from University of the Ryukyus, Nishihara, Okinawa, Japan have studied butterflies from the region affected by the release of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant following the great earthquake in March 2011. They collected adults of a species known as the pale grass blue butterfly, Zizeeria maha, in May and September 2011, and they also studied the first and second generation offspring of these butterflies, after breeding them with adults collected from non-contaminated regions. The adult butterflies showed some mild abnormalities of eyes and wings, but the September butterflies showed more abnormalities than those collected in May. The next two generations had more severe abnormalities of eyes and wings and antennae. The research team also collected butterflies from uncontaminated regions and bred them.
They then exposed the larvae and pupae to mild doses of radiation. The adult butterflies derived from the irradiated larvae and pupae showed similar abnormalities to the butterflies from the contaminated region. The scientists concluded “that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused physiological and genetic damage to this species”.
Editorial Comment: So who wants to mutate so you can evolve? These observations and experiments expose the hypocrisy of evolutionists. Mutations are supposed to provide the power engine for a mechanism by which new life forms evolve. It’s true that radiation is known to produce mutations, but history tells us nuclear accidents are never the source of new and better living things. Japanese butterflies have not been improved by having their genes irradiated.
These results of natural and laboratory radiation on insects remind us of the thousands of experiments carried out on fruit flies in the early days of genetics. Hundreds of generations of flies were irradiated and a vast array of defects of wings, legs, eyes and antennae were produced, but not one fly was improved by the process, or showed any signs of evolving into another kind of creature. We predict the same will apply to the butterflies living in the irradiated regions of Japan. Genetic changes as a result of mutations are real, but they are a destructive process that eventually leads to death, not a life evolving process. (Ref. insects, Lepidoptera, degeneration, prediction)
Evidence News 5 September 2012
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