#827: Latest from Microwave News on bogus cell phone research
From Louis Slesin, Editor of Microwave News:
An eight-year, $10 million industry research project that was supposed to
answer the question, “Does cellphone radiation cause cancer in animals?”
instead promises to sow more confusion and mistrust.
The project, known as PERFORM A, consists of six long-term experiments,
carried out on mice and rats in four European laboratories. Most everyone
connected to PERFORM A –from the researchers who did the work to the cell
phone industry that sponsored it– says that it sounds an all-clear: Cell
phones are cancer-safe.
In fact, the studies tell us practically nothing. They are impossible to
interpret because of a flaw common to all six experiments. The animals were
restrained in a fixed position during the radiation exposures and that
restraint had a profound impact. There is now no way to disentangle the
effect of the exposure system from that of the radiation.
That an exposure system can confound an experiment is nothing new. What is
surprising is that the managers of the PERFORM A project disregarded
numerous warning signs. Their own preliminary studies pointed to the fact
that animals suffered from restraint stress, as could have been predicted
from reading the easily accessible scientific literature. And when
confronted with the final results of their six experiments, which showed
that something had gone terribly wrong, the project team simply looked the
Read the complete story, “Wheel on Trial” at:
We have also assembled a table with details on all 19 published cell-phone
animal studies, you may find this a useful reference.
Note: If you prefer a printed copy of “Wheel on Trial” it is available for
$12.50 ($15 outside the U.S.) Quantity discounts are available.
Louis Slesin, PhD
Editor, Microwave News
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