A group of international scientists has released what they call 'stunning proof' confirming cell phone use can disrupt DNA, impair brain function and lower sperm count.
A meeting Monday by Environmental Health Trust, with the Turkish cancer society, and Gazi University, revealed the new research that the scientists say shows just four hours of cell phone exposure can damage DNA, brain and sperm function.
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"We are deeply concerned about what this could mean for public health," said Prof. Nesrin Seyhan , WHO and NATO advisor who is head and founder of Biophysics Department and Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory at Gazi University in Ankara.
"This work provides a warning signal to all of us. The evidence justifies precautionary measures to reduce the risks for everyone of us," says Prof. Wilhelm Mosgoeller from the Medical University of Vienna who has led European research teams, who found that RF-EMF induce DNA breaks.
A research team at the University of Athens discussed how insect studies have demonstrated that acute exposure to GSM (Global System for Mobile) signals brings about DNA fragmentation in insects' ovarian cells, and consequently a large reduction in the reproductive capacity of the insects.
Further studies demonstrated that long exposures induced cell death to the insects in the study.
Workshop attendee Dr. Adamantia Fragopoulou, leader of a team at the University of Athens, shared a finding about embryonic development taking place in the presence of a mild electromagnetic field.
Throughout the gestation period, exposure to radiation for just six minutes a day affects the bone formation of fetuses. The team suggests that this is possibly caused by the interaction of cell phone radiation with crucial molecules and ions involved in embryogenesis.
Dr. Seyhan shared work performed at Gazi University demonstrating that the increasing use of cell phones-and the increasing number of associated base stations-are becoming a widespread source of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation.
It suggested that some biological effects are likely to occur even with low-level electromagnetic fields. The team concluded that 900 and 1,800 MHz radiation levels are related to an increase in the permeability of the blood-brain barrier in young adult male rats. The rat's brains can be used to correspond to the brains of human teenagers.
In addition, research from the University of Athens shared their studies demonstrating that rats exposed to cell phone radiation were unable to remember the location of places previously familiar to them. This finding is of potentially critical importance for people, who heavily rely on spatial memory for recording information about their environment and spatial orientation.
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