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Sperm - Not so Mobile

Monty Solomon (
Thu, 7 Apr 2005 08:35:36 -0400

Friday 18 February, 2005

A preliminary study at the University of Newcastle has identified that
radio waves of a similar frequency to those associated with mobile
phones can damage sperm DNA in mice.

Professor John Aitken and Dr Bruce King from the Faculty of Science
and Information Technology conducted the preliminary study exposing
mice to electromagnetic radiation at a frequency similar to what most
people receive from their mobile phones.

Initial results found that there was more DNA damage in the exposed
sperm than in sperm from the control groups.

Professor Aitken stresses, "Clearly further research needs to be done
before we are able to establish an impact of mobile phone use on sperm
quality. These are very preliminary findings that will have to be
substantiated in additional, more detailed, studies."

The study will be published in the International Journal of Andrology.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: But, wouldn't exposing a mouse to the
radiation of a cellular phone be the equivilent of exposing a human
being to the radiation of a nuclear bomb? What would happen to _your_
sperm if you were within range of radiation from a nuclear bomb? The
little guy running around at your feet is getting that same kind of
radiation (relative to his size and body build) from a cell phone I
would assume, when to him, this 'giant thing in the air' is right in
his midst. What would happen to a mouse if exposed to the benign
amount of radiation from a (built for human use) X-Ray machine? PAT]

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