Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Genetic effects of microwave radiation in mice med./bio.

Published in: Mutation Research - Letters 1982; 103 (1): 39-42

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To investigate the mutagenic potential of 2450 MHz microwave radiation in mice using the dominant lethal test and sperm abnormality assay.

Background/further details

Dominant lethal mutations indicate major genetic damage and have been used in mammals for testing mutagenic potentials of chemical or physical agents.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 2.45 GHz
Modulation type: CW
Exposure duration: 70 s

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 2.45 GHz
Exposure duration 70 s
Modulation type CW
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
power density 170 mW/cm² - - - -

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

Microwave exposure decreased significantly the fertility index in all three weeks of matings. The post-implantation lost was enhanced significantly in all the post meiotic stages and it was highest in the spermatid stage. The pre-implantation and total losses were also increased significantly (in the second and third weeks of mating). There is a significant increase in the frequency of abnormal sperms in the exposed mice when compared to controls.

Study character:

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