December 20, 2011
So Simple A Monkey Could Do It: Japanese Scientists Send Out Monkeys To Survey Radiation Levels
Image: Anthony Chan @ Emory University via Globalpost
Scientists in Japan have decided to exploit primate labor in order to better assess and measure the impact of radiation in the affected areas of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. They strapped a GPS device as well as a Geiger counter onto the monkeys, and they will be sent off to absorb radiation. You would think that we would be rescuing the animals from any dangerous radiation levels. Either way, if there is one rule I know not to break, it's don't involve monkeys in anything. They may seem cute and highly trainable but the truth is they want to rip your face right off...
The image above is actually that of a Rhesus Monkey that was transfected with a gene for green fluorescent protein when it was still an egg.
More Monkey Madness...
Glowing Monkey [OCA]
Japanese scientists to use wild monkeys to track radiation [CNN]