- (ANI) -- Just 10 minutes of chatting on cellular phones
is enough to trigger such chemical changes in the brain that can increase
the risk of cancer, warn scientists.
- A study by the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel
has shown that even low levels of radiation from handsets interfere with
the process of cell division, which encourages the growth of tumors.
- Although the researchers have yet not found any evidence
that signals from cell phones are harmful, their findings suggest they
- Several studies have been conducted to find an association
between mobile use and brain tumours, but they neither found any such link
nor any dramatic rise in cancer rates.
- Ever since the inception of mobile phones, the official
advice has been that the device are safe. The guidance is based on the
assumption that the phones emit too little radiation to heat the brain
- The new study, however, suggests that "nonthermal"
radiation can pose a risk.
- In lab tests, the researchers exposed human and rat cells
to low-level radiation at 875 megahertz, a similar frequency to the one
used in many mobile phones.
- Despite being weaker than emissions from a typical handset,
the radiation began to switch on a chemical signal inside the cells within
ten minutes, say the researchers. The chemical signals detected were involved
in the division of cells, they add.
- The researchers also claimed to have found a separate
way in which mobile phones can damage health.
- "The significance lies in showing cells do react
to cellphone radiation in a non-thermal way," the Daily Mail quoted
Dr Rony Seger, a co-author of the study published in the Biochemical Journal,
as telling New Scientist magazine.