Scientists also assert that weak magnetic fields from power lines are unlikely to have negative effects
Researchers at the University of Manchester think they have disproved one of the associations between mobile phones and cancer.
A team from the University’s School of Chemistry have been examining the effects of weak magnetic fields on flavoproteins. These proteins are known to handle DNA repair and as such were a possible candidate for negative effects on our health caused by the weak magnetic fields created by mobiles and power lines.
In a media release from the research team, headed by the University’s Dr Alex Jones, it’s explained that one function of flavoproteins is to transfer electrons from one place to another. Referred to as electron transfer flavoproteins, this activity is known to assist in processes such as oxidization.
In the process of electron transfer, chemicals called radical pairs are formed. It is these that have been suggested as a means by which weak magnetic fields could negatively interact with cells.
While not categorically denying such fields affect cells negatively Dr Jones states the research, ““suggests the correct conditions for biochemical effects of WMFs are likely to be rare in the human body.”
The findings of the Manchester University research team are due to be posted in the Royal Society journal.