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'Mythbusters' Irradiating Roaches at Hanford

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The "Mythbusters" TV show is testing whether roaches could survive a nuclear blast by exposing them to radiation at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

The crew from the Discovery Channel show is exposing the bugs to radiation from a device used to calibrate radiation meters.

They have 200 cockroaches. Of those 50 will get no radiation, as a control. The others will be divided in three groups that get higher and higher doses of radiation.

Flour beetles and fruit flies also are being irradiated for comparison.

The surviving bugs are expected to be on a segment of the "Mythbusters" show in about four months.

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