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How Cell Phones Cause Cancer
ZDNet UK , June 25, 2001
by Rupert Goodwins
in Australia have reported one of the first scientific hypotheses that
normal mobile phone use can lead to cancer. The research group, lead by
radiation expert Dr Peter French, principal scientific officer at the
Centre for Immunology Research at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, said
that mobile phone frequencies well below current safety levels could
stress cells in a way that has been shown to increased susceptibility
paper, published in the June issue of the science journal
Differentiation, says that repeated exposure to mobile phone radiation
acts as a repetitive stress, leading to continuous manufacture of heat
shock proteins within cells.
shock proteins are always present in cells at a low level, but are
manufactured in larger amounts when the cell is stressed by heat or
other environmental factors. They repair other proteins that are
adversely affected by the conditions, and are part of the cell's normal
reaction to stress. However, if they are produced too often or for too
long, they are known to initiate cancer and increase resistance to
Dr. French emphasised that no link has yet been shown between the
specific biological effects of mobile phone radiation and cancer, but
that there was now a theoretical framework for such an effect that
could be investigated. His previous work has included showing that the
production of histamine, a chemical involved in asthma, can be nearly
doubled after exposure to cellular frequencies.
date, most safety levels have been set on the assumption that damage is
caused by heating effects of radio waves in human tissue, much higher
than the levels at which Dr French claims heat shock proteins are
co-authors include Professor Ron Penny, the director of the Centre and
one of Australia's leading experts in the cellular effects of HIV, and
Professor David McKenzie, head of applied physics at Sydney University.
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