On April 24 The study was posted in the journal Useful Ecology.

The disaster broadly contaminated the encompassing area with radiation, leading the Soviet government to permanently evacuate a three-kilometer area around the power plant. The negative effects of the ongoing radioactivity in the region have already been well documented, including changes in abundance, distribution, lifestyle mutation and history rates of many species. Birds in the region have smaller than normal brains and are more prone to cataracts, and radiation is apparently hampering the standard activity of decomposers such as microbes and insects.Additional affected sites include the mammary and inframammary area, buttock, pubic region, chest, scalp, retroauricular area and eyelid.

Barbara Murray identified by Association of Rice Alumni for contributions to infectious disease research Barbara Murray, M.D., director of the Division of Infectious Illnesses at The University of Texas Wellness Science Middle at Houston Medical School, was identified by the Association of Rice Alumni at its Laureates Supper May 16.