EMF Health-effects Research
Digital cellphone field exposures, in utero, alter ODC and polyamine levels in fetal rat brains.
Cain CD, Ghaffari M, Jones RA, Byus CV, Adey WR,
Presented at BEMS in Long Beach California, 1999
Contractor: Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry, Uni of Calif, Riverside.
This study explored the possible effects 1.6GHz (Iridium signal) digital fields on ODC and polyamine levels in the brain tissues of fetal Fisher 344 rats exposed in utero. The animals were exposed in a tail-first manner in a carrousel arrangement at 0.16, 1.6 or 5 W/kg brain average SAR.
In the cerebrum, ODC decreased in the exposed vs unexposed animals with no change in putricine, spermine or spermidine levels. In the cerebelum, ODC levels decreased in the exposed vs. unexposed animals in a reverse dose-response pattern while purticine levels increased with dose.
Additional Web Notes
Readers should, in general, be wary of Motorola- or Nokia-funded research, but some has clearly been done by top biomedical researchers, as is the case above. However the abstracts from these studies are often written by Motorola's PR department, and the contracts sometimes place limitations on reporting.
Some company-funded studies are difficult to judge in terms of credibility, and some are clearly dubious.
Note: purticine is probably a mistype for putricine.
See also Dr Adey's overview of the evidence of R/F effects on the brain and nervous system.