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Research Article

Effect of 910-MHz Electromagnetic Field on Rat Bone Marrow

Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, Ioannina University, Seferi 2, Agrinio 30100, Greece

Received 20 August 2004; Revised 31 August 2004; Accepted 31 August 2004

Copyright © 2004 George Demsia et al.


Aiming to investigate the possibility of electromagnetic fields (EMF) developed by nonionizing radiation to be a noxious agent capable of inducing genotoxicity to humans, in the current study we have investigated the effect of 910-MHz EMF in rat bone marrow. Rats were exposed daily for 2 h over a period of 30 consecutive days. Studying bone marrow smears from EMF-exposed and sham-exposed animals, we observed an almost threefold increase of micronuclei (MN) in polychromatic erythrocytes (PCEs) after EMF exposure. An induction of MN was also observed in polymorphonuclear cells. The induction of MN in female rats was less than that in male rats. The results indicate that 910-MHz EMF could be considered as a noxious agent capable of producing genotoxic effects.