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Radiation hazards of radio frequency waves on the early embryonic development of Zebrafish
Author(s): Ryan Harkless; Muntather Al-Quraishi; Mary C. Vagula
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Paper Abstract

With the growing use of wireless devices in almost all day-to-day activities, exposure to radio-frequency radiation has become an immediate health concern. It is imperative that the effects of such radiation not only on humans, but also on other organisms be well understood. In particular, it is critical to understand if RF radiation has any bearing on the gene expression during embryonic development, as this is a crucial and delicate phase for any organism. Owing to possible effects that RF radiation may have on gene expression, it is essential to explore the carcinogenic or teratogenic properties that it may show. This study observed the effects of RF radiation emitted from a cellular telephone on the embryonic development of zebra fish. The expression of the gene shha plays a key role in the early development of the fish. This gene has homologs in humans as well as in other model organisms. Additionally, several biomarkers indicative of cell stress were examined: including lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and lipid peroxidation (LPO). Results show a significant decrease in the expression of shha, a significant decrease in LDH activity. There was no significant increase in SOD and LPO activity. No morphological abnormalities were observed in the developing embryos. At present, these results indicate that exposure to cell phone radiation may have a suppressive effect on expression of shha in D. rerio, though such exposure does not appear to cause morphological detriments. More trials are underway to corroborate these results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9112, Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, and Environmental Monitoring IV, 91121E (5 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2053469
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Ryan Harkless, Gannon Univ. (United States)
Muntather Al-Quraishi, Gannon Univ. (United States)
Mary C. Vagula, Gannon Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9112:
Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, and Environmental Monitoring IV
Šárka O. Southern; Mark A. Mentzer; Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez; Virginia E. Wotring, Editor(s)

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