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The influence of electromagnetic pollution on living organisms – historical trends and forecasting changes

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Current technologies have become a source of omnipresent electromagnetic pollution from generated electromagnetic fields and resulting electromagnetic radiation. In many cases this pollution is much stronger than any natural sources of electromagnetic fields or radiation. Wireless and radio communication, electric power transmission or devices in daily use such as smartphones, tablets and portable computers every day expose people to electromagnetic pollution. The harm caused by this pollution is still open to question since there is no clear and definitive evidence of its negative influence on humans. This is despite the fact that extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields were classified as potentially carcinogenic. For these reasons, in recent decades a significant growth can be observed in scientific research in order to understand the influence of electromagnetic fields and/or electromagnetic radiation on living organisms. However, for this type of research the appropriate selection of relevant model organisms is of very great importance. It should be noted here that the great majority of scientific research papers published in this field concerned various tests performed on mammals, practically neglecting lower organisms. In that context the objective of the current review paper is to systematise our knowledge in this area, in which the influence of electromagnetic fields and/or electromagnetic radiation on lower organisms were investigated, including: bacteria E. coli and B. subtilis, nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, land snail Helix pomatia, common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, clawed frog Xenopus laevis, these being the most common model organisms in this group.

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artykuł w czasopiśmie wyróżnionym w JCR
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JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICINE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY no. 2015,
ISSN: 1110-7243
Language:
English
Publication year:
2015
Bibliographic description:
Redlarski G., Lewczuk B., Żak A., Koncicki A., Krawczuk M., Piechocki J., Jakubiuk K., Tojza P., Jaworski J., Ambroziak D., Skarbek Ł., Gradolewski D.: The influence of electromagnetic pollution on living organisms – historical trends and forecasting changes// JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICINE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY. -Vol. 2015, (2015), s.234098-
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Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.1155/2015/234098
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Gdańsk University of Technology

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