posted on Apr, 6 2004 @ 01:27 PM
The BBC reports that according to a Swedish study mobile phones can 'theoretically' harm blood cells. "There is no evidence of cancer or anything
There have been suggestions that mobile phones can cause brain tumours and Alzheimer's disease, but research has been inconclusive.
The conventional view has been that radio waves could only damage a cell if they were energetic enough to break chemical bonds or "cook" tissue.
But radiation given off by mobile phone handsets is too weak to do this.
Bo Sernelius at Linkoping University, Sweden, looked at another possibility by modelling the properties of red blood cells.
Water molecules have poles of positive and negative charge which create forces between cells. These forces are normally extremely weak - about a
billion-billionth of a newton.
The simplified mathematical model investigated the effect of electromagnetic radiation in the field of 850 megahertz - about the range used by mobile
phones - on the blood cells.
The molecules all ended up with their poles aligned in the same direction. The forces between the cells unexpectedly jumped by about 11 orders of
If confirmed by experiments, the results could give an exmplanation for tissue damage. Stronger attractive forces between cells might make them clump
together or cause blood cells to contract, New Scientist said.
NewScientist: Cellphones may boost forces on biological tissue
[Edited on 6-4-2004 by Zion Mainframe]