Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Chernobyl's legacy


Twenty-five years after the nuclear disaster, the clean-up grinds on and health studies are faltering. Are there lessons for Japan?

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Prices vary by article type



Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Brenner, A. V. et al. Environ. Health Perspect. doi:10.1289/ehp.1002674 (2011).

  2. Cardis, E. & Hatch, M. Clin. Oncol. doi:10.1016/j.clon.2011.01.510 (2011).

  3. Peplow, M. Nature 440, 982-983 (2006).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. Dubrova, Y. E. et al. Nature 380, 683-686 (1996).

    Article  CAS  ADS  Google Scholar 

  5. Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation: BEIR VII Phase 2 (NRC, 2006); available at

Download references


Additional information

Mark Peplow is Nature's news editor.

Related links

Related links

Related links in Nature Research

Japan's nuclear crisis

Chernobyl slideshow

Related external links

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

ARCH proposal

UNSCEAR report

Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VII)

Chernobyl, 25 Years On: Safety for the Future conference

NCI: Chernobyl Research

Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Peplow, M. Chernobyl's legacy. Nature 471, 562–565 (2011).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing