Magnetic field effects on human lymphocytes

Marziale Milani, Monica Ballerini, Lorenzo Ferraro, Matteo Zabeo, Massimo Barberis, Maria Cannone, Maurizio Faleri

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The results are discussed of a systematic investigation into the electromagnetic field (EMP) exposure consequences on human lymphocytes. These artificial fields have intensities comparable to the Earth's magnetic field, and are used for exposures up to 4 days. Different and complementary techniques are used to safely assess the consequences of EMFs on the cells; in particular, morphology, metabolism, and population dynamics are investigated. The recourse to ultramicroscopy, pressure monitoring in sealed bottles, atomic mass spectroscopy, and cytofluorimetry techniques give good insight into the EMF-induced changes. A statistically significant deviation of irradiated samples with respect to control samples is reported. A critical analysis and a survey of similar experiments reported in the literature led us to examine the experimental setup with attention to the geometry of the irradiation system. Yeast cells were used as a model system to statistically test the different steps in the overall procedure, thanks to information gathered during a radiobiology experiment performed at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Finally, the role of different magnetic field detectors in the reproducibility of the experiments is carefully discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-106
Number of pages26
JournalElectromagnetic Biology and Medicine
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Magnetic field effects on human lymphocytes. / Milani, Marziale; Ballerini, Monica; Ferraro, Lorenzo; Zabeo, Matteo; Barberis, Massimo; Cannone, Maria; Faleri, Maurizio.

In: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2001, p. 81-106.

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Milani, Marziale ; Ballerini, Monica ; Ferraro, Lorenzo ; Zabeo, Matteo ; Barberis, Massimo ; Cannone, Maria ; Faleri, Maurizio. / Magnetic field effects on human lymphocytes. In: Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine. 2001 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 81-106.
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