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J Neurooncol. 2012 Jan;106(1):53-8. doi: 10.1007/s11060-011-0644-z. Epub 2011 Jul 6.

The genotoxic effect of radiofrequency waves on mouse brain.

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Department of Medical Genetics, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey.

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  • J Neurooncol. 2012 May;107(3):665. Altug, Huseyin [corrected to Aktug, Huseyin].


Concerns about the health effects of radiofrequency (RF) waves have been raised because of the gradual increase in usage of cell phones, and there are scientific questions and debates about the safety of those instruments in daily life. The aim of this study is to evaluate the genotoxic effects of RF waves in an experimental brain cell culture model. Brain cell cultures of the mice were exposed to 10.715 GHz with specific absorbtion rate (SAR) 0.725 W/kG signals for 6 h in 3 days at 25°C to check for the changes in the micronucleus (MNi) assay and in the expression of 11 proapoptotic and antiapoptotic genes. It was found that MNi rate increased 11-fold and STAT3 expression decreased 7-fold in the cell cultures which were exposed to RF. Cell phones which spread RF may damage DNA and change gene expression in brain cells.

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