27/07/2006 - Electric Fields used to heal or slow healing to wounds
Using electric fields, researchers have managed to accelerate and halt the
healing process of wounded tissue by applying electric fields to the affected
area. Not only this, but the work has also identified a gene which is
responsible for triggering the healing process and another which is responsible
for blocking it. By identifying these they were able to target the genes
specifically, and showed that electric fields control gene activation and
expression and thus influence the healing process.
Using very small electric fields the team, lead by Professor Min Zhao of
Aberdeen University and Josef M Penninger of the Austrian Institute of Molecular
Biotechnology in Vienna, have shown that disruption of the PI(3)Kγ gene
reduces the natural healing response to electric signals, and removal of the
PTEN gene enhances such responses. By showing this there is not only confirming
evidence that electrical fields affect biological processes, but also helps with
a mechanistic understanding of how such signals alter cell behaviour.
is not possible to extrapolate any of this to indicate an effect at a.c.
electric field levels such as those found in homes and at work and school, this
does show that electric fields affect biological systems and responses at a
fundamental level. This in turn gives rise to the possibility that conditions
such as Electrical Hypersensitivity may well be gene-related physical responses
to external electric field stimuli.
Dr Robert Becker reported and discussed the effects of low levels of electric
fields on bone and tissue growth and healing in the period from 1960. He
published numerous papers and some books for the public, notably "The Body
Electric" and "Cross Currents". He became very disillusioned with the "anti-EMF
effects" hassle he received from the scientific and medical establishment.
New Scientist article by Andy Coghlan
Reuters Science article by Patricia Reaney
- Paper abstract on the Nature
Also in the news
WiFi network forced employee out of their job
Ryan Warne, a former furniture worker has told how he has had to give up his
job because a wireless computer network installed by his boss started making him
sick. He became electro-sensitive in 2004, when a wireless computer network was
installed in the furniture showroom where he worked.
Mr Warne, of Elmstead Market, near Colchester, started suffering from burning
sensations in his head and dizziness, which he put down to the radio waves in
the wireless network. After taking time off sick, he eventually had to give up
his job and is currently unemployed.
- Full coverage in Omega
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