Magnetic field effects on human lymphocytes: methodological assessments and experimental evidences

Marziale Milani, Monica Ballerini, Giuliana Baroni, Lorenzo Ferraro, Massimo Barberis, Maria Cannone

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The results are discussed of a systematic investigation on the electromagnetic field exposure consequences on human lymphocytes. These artificial fields have intensities comparable with the Earth magnetic field one, and are used for exposures up to 4 days. Different and complementary techniques are used to safely assess the consequences of ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMF) on the cells; in particular morphology, metabolism and population dynamics are investigated. The recourse to ultramicroscopy, pressure monitoring in sealed bottles, atomic mass spectroscopy, Far Infrared Fourier Transform (FTIR) and cytofluorimetry techniques give a good insight in the EMF induced changes. A statistically significant deviation of irradiated samples with respect to the control ones are reported. A critical analysis and a survey of similar experiments reported in literature lead us to the exam of the experimental set up with attention to the geometry of the irradiation system. Finally the role of different magnetic field detectors in the reproducibility of the experiments will be carefully discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventIn-Vitro Diagnostic Instrumentation - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 26 2000Jan 27 2000


OtherIn-Vitro Diagnostic Instrumentation
CitySan Jose, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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