EMF Health-effects Research

Cytogenetic effects of 935.2-MHz (GSM) microwaves alone and in combination with mitomycin

Maes A, Collier M, Van Gorp U, Vandoninck S, Verschaeve L

C. Mutat Res 393(1-2):151-156, 1997

This paper focuses on the genetic effects of microwaves from mobile communication frequencies (935.2 MHz) alone and in combination with a chemical DNA-damaging agent (mitomycin C). Three cytogenetic endpoints were investigated after in vitro exposure of human whole blood cells. These endpoints were the 'classical' chromosome aberration test, the sister chromatid exchange test and the alkaline comet assay.

No direct cytogenetic effect was found. The combined exposure of the cells to the radiofrequency fields followed by their cultivation in the presence of mitomycin C revealed a very weak effect when compared to cells exposed to mitomycin C alone.

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