A team of researchers in Belgium has discovered that exposure to mobile phone signals can double the death rate in laboratory rats. The scientists found that rats exposed to GSM and Wi-Fi signals died twice as quickly as though who had not.
Worrying stuff, says scientist Andre Vander Vorst, when you consider the rodents share 90 percent of their genetic material with humans. He said:
“This thesis throws up the question regarding the effect of long term, low grade exposure on people. Is it likely to cause premature death in humans?”
The scientists say more tests are needed to fully establish a link in humans. Latest research shows there are 933 million mobile-phone subscribers in the 30 countries of the OECD, meaning around 80 out of every 100 people have one.
Both France and Germany have warned against excessive usage while the European Environment Agency has called for stricter safe exposure levels.