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Biologist Roger Coghill, who has been leading a campaign to alert the public to what he says are the great dangers posed by mobiles, will unveil his findings at an international conference in London today.
His study involved taking white blood cells, or lymphocytes, from a donor and exposing them to different electric fields. It was found that only a third of cells exposed to microwaves from a mobile on stand by mode were still able to function after three hours.
Mr. Coghill claims that the immune system is partially controlled by electromagnetic field emitted by the body. He says that mobile phones produce microwave radiation, which interfere with these fields, undermining the immune systems ability to function.
"I believe, this is a major breakthrough" he says. We have always known the body gives out electric fields but we didn’t know why. My work suggests that body fields are linked with the health of ourselves and our ability to protect ourselves from illness.
Digital mobile phones emit frequencies close to those produced by the body, so placing a hand set against our head disturbs those natural signals. Tests on the viability of white blood cells 27 hours after being removed from the donor proved even more dramatic. 50% of those left UN-exposed to electric fields, were still viable, compared with 13% for those exposed to fields from a mobile phones.
Mr. Coghill, is one of a growing number of scientists who have suggested microwaves from the newer digital handsets could cause headaches, anxiety, memory loss, brain tumors and cancers.
Last month alone, two separate studies found they could cause a rise in blood pressure and may harm pregnant women. The phones have also been linked to brain tumors, cancer, headaches and tiredness.
The London market provides insurance for everything from aircraft to footballers' legs. But fears that mobile phones will be linked to illnesses such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease have prompted John Fenn, of underwriting group Stirling, to refuse to cover manufacturers against the risk of being sued if mobiles turn out to cause long-term damage.
New research published last week by Bristol University scientist Dr Alan Preece showed a 'highly significant' effect from mobile phone signals on brain function.