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    I just watched this vid, and it is truly staggering to see what mankind has managed to do behind closed curtains. Reading on how radiation can genetically modifiy genes (WORST CASE SCENARIO) is frightening to be honest being that Norway (the country where I live) is fairly close to one of the bigger test sites in russia during the cold war (novaya zemyla) approxmately 90 atmospheric bombs went off in that area, which leads me to the question at hand: What is the likelihood of these test bombings genetically altering nearby populations? by radioactivity entering the food chain etc. The cancer aspect is quite obvious but the genetic aberration part is a bit fishy if you ask me, the question is fairly egotistical AND NEUROTIC but thats another subject.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringiliard View Post
    I just watched this vid, and it is truly staggering to see what mankind has managed to do behind closed curtains. Reading on how radiation can genetically modifiy genes (WORST CASE SCENARIO) is frightening to be honest being that Norway (the country where I live) is fairly close to one of the bigger test sites in russia during the cold war (novaya zemyla) approxmately 90 atmospheric bombs went off in that area, which leads me to the question at hand: What is the likelihood of these test bombings genetically altering nearby populations? by radioactivity entering the food chain etc. The cancer aspect is quite obvious but the genetic aberration part is a bit fishy if you ask me, the question is fairly egotistical AND NEUROTIC but thats another subject.




    Well, cancer is a genetic modification, so if cancers are causally related to test bombings then the test bombings are causing genetic modifications. I suppose the question you're asking is really about inheritable changes? The DNA in a person's gamete cells (sperm cells and egg cells) or the progenitors of those cells must be modified in some non-lethal way for any such modication to be passed on. Not impossible, but much, much less likely than cancer.


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    Of course, there is also the natural background radiation that is and has been genetically altering populations for billions of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    Of course, there is also the natural background radiation that is and has been genetically altering populations for billions of years.
    That and the DNA editing/copying errors and chromosomal recombination during mitosis. I would guess these are orders of magnitude more influential in generating genetic variation than radiation, background or otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBiologista View Post
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    Of course, there is also the natural background radiation that is and has been genetically altering populations for billions of years.
    That and the DNA editing/copying errors and chromosomal recombination during mitosis. I would guess these are orders of magnitude more influential in generating genetic variation than radiation, background or otherwise.
    Inbreeding for instance, much worse afaik.
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