A recently released study has shed light on the extraordinary genetic adaptations of wolves within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ).
The experts found that wolves in Chernobyl have genetically altered immune systems and some level of resistance to cancer. This discovery offers invaluable insights into the mechanisms of survival in one of the world’s most hostile environments.
The study, led by evolutionary biologist and ecotoxicologist Cara Love at Princeton University, marks a decade-long endeavor to unravel the mysteries of Chernobyl’s wildlife.
Love’s team embarked on expeditions to the CEZ, collecting blood samples from the resident wolves and deploying radio collars to monitor their movements and radiation exposure.
Love highlighted the significance of their approach, stating, “We get real-time measurements of where they are and how much radiation they are exposed to.”