Genetic differences might trigger cell-phone radiation damage

A recent study out of Finland suggests that a person’s genetic makeup can determine how much he or she will be affected by radiation from cellular phones.

This is certainly not a new topic. Warnings of damage from cell waves have been issued for many years now, starting with a wave of suspected links to brain cancer several years back. Previous attempts to prove such links have failed. And those failures, at least according to the Finnish scientists, occurred because the tests didn’t take genomic differences into account.

Tests at a research facility in Helsinki showed definite differences in the way that two genetically different sets of cells responded to 900 MHz GSM cell-phone radiation: One set of cells showed no remarkable difference, while the other showed damage to its DNA. Whether this test can be replicated on more than a cellular level is a question for the scientific community at large. It is perhaps only then that we can determine the validity of the Finnish study. Still, the study’s results are ones that hadn’t been achieved before, and it is entirely possible that similar results can be found when testing an entire human set of DNA. Until that day comes, we can’t say for sure that talking incessantly on a cell phone is bad for you. It doesn’t mean that we know for certain; it just means that tests haven’t proved it yet.


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