New Study Shows Fewer Baby Girls Are Being Born Thanks To Nuclear Radiation!

Mon, June 6, 2011 2:55pm EST by 3 Comments

iStockAccording to researchers, nuclear radiation from power plant leaks and bomb testing is affecting female birthrate around the world.

In the new study, scientists note that these sort of atmospheric blasts rather than on-the-ground incidents have an impact on birth gender worldwide. Researchers are seeing an increase in the number of baby boys compared to baby girls — and it’s all due to the nuclear age!

Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany, analyzed population data from 1975 to 2007 for the U.S. and 39 European countries. From 1964 to 1975, there was an increase in the number of baby boys versus baby girls, and the same for several countries after 1986.

These statistics led researchers to discover that the atomic bomb tests in the 1960s and 1970s and the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, in which the reactor exploded in the Ukraine, could be the reason behind the baby boy boom.

“The closer the country was to Chernobyl, the stronger the effect,” study co-author Hagen Scherb, a biostatistician at the German Research Center for Environmental Health in Munich, tells the Daily Mail. For example, more males were born relative to females in Belarus – the Ukraine’s neighbor – than in France.

The findings, which were primarily based on the Cold War era, determine how gender could be effected by future nuclear disasters. And in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident experts are predicting another baby boy boom could be imminent, especially on the U.S. West Coast.

“We do not know how much radioactivity was emitted through Fukushima and how it will spread throughout the world,” Dr. Scherb said. “Maybe it’s confined to just Japan, but if it gets in the water and the air, it’s possible that we could see a similar effect, especially on the West Coast of America.”

So how does this radiation effect the gender ratio? Dr. Scherb says tests showed that radiation caused damage to the X chromosome in sperm. A human sperm cell contains either an X or Y chromosome, while an egg only has a Y chromosome. An XY combination will become a boy, while an XX combination will be a girl.

So obviously a decrease in the X chromosome would lead to a decrease in the number of females born.

What do you think of this new study, HollyMoms?

–Leigh Blickley


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Posted at 11:42 PM on June 6, 2011  

If this is true then it is super scary!

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Michael Dreibelbis

Posted at 3:38 PM on June 6, 2011  

Statistics can be used to prove anything, but for the most part, this information is questionable…. This reasoning would hold that because you breathe air, you are susceptible to lung cancer…. true, but likely not the primary cause. In the Hassidic population, more boys than girls are born as well, but this is a cultural function… men can not have sex with their wives within 2 weeks of the end of menses… hence, more conducive to boys. Other factors are ignored completely… alcohol consumption, sexual intercourse timing, smoking, a whole host of factors that may contribute.

This type of analysis is done with an agenda in mind. It is junk science. Activist science is just that. The investigator/writer started out with a set objective, prove that radiation causes fewer women to be born. Not surprisingly, the writer proved it. The methods and conclusion are questionable at best.

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Posted at 3:10 PM on June 6, 2011  

Being that the egg comes from the female, the egg can only provide an X chromosome (since females are XX), as opposed to the Y you said it provides in your article. Sperm carries an X or a Y because it comes from the male (XY).

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