15/11/2007 - UMTS signals are 10 times more damaging than GSM signals
"There is no doubt - UMTS is ten times more damaging to genes than GSM radiation", or so Professor Franz Adlkofer of the Verum Foundation claims. He's got a reasonable amount of authority behind his statement, as the lead author of the well publicised REFLEX report that found a wide range of DNA and cellular effects from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.
He pointed out that the evidence of DNA strand breaks in confunction with the formation of micronuclei does not allow any further doubting of the genotoxic effect of UMTS signals: "The DNA strand breaks occur at only 1/40th of the guideline limits. Hence, UMTS signals are almost ten times as active as GSM signals."
This is yet more evidence for the growing body of scientists and papers the demonstrate a risk from electromagnetic fields. It again gives support to the motion that it is time for both a re-evaluation of ICNIRP guidance levels and implementation of national precautionary guidance for the general public.
[Original PDF Press Release from next-up.org]
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The Status Quo is not for changing!
A more light hearted entry here - New Scientist managed to dig out an excellent paper proposal by a William Harvey, well known for his forwarding of modern understanding of the human circulatory system. However, in this paper proposal where he first put forward his ideas, he was heavily shot down by proposing an idea that was completely against existing established knowledge of how human circulation worked. In fact, it took a good 20 years of ridicule before Harvey's ideas started to become accepted, and it is now known that his original hypothesis is indeed very close to reality.
The article is well worth a read as it highlights the difficulty which is faced by scientists producing research that is against already established opinions and beliefs - an interesting parallel perhaps with the current situation in electromagnetic science!
[View New Scientist article in full]
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