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Our Ref: FOI 2021/03621
Date: 30 April 2021
Dear Mr Lewis,
Thank you for your email of 1 April 2021 requesting the following information:
“Please would you let me have details of the short term and long term health issues
caused by exposure to man made microwaves and radio waves”.
We are treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
A search for the information has now been completed within the Ministry of Defence, and I
can confirm that information in scope of your request is held.
The information you have requested falls entirely within the scope of the absolute exemption
provided for at section 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOIA.
Under Section 16 of the Act (Advice and Assistance) we have provided a list of publications,
also a link to https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/electromagnetic-fields which you may find
Bottomley, A. L., et al. (1999). Effects of ultrawide band microwave pulses on rat hearts in
vitro. Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine. F. Bersani, Kluwer
Academic/Plenum Publishers: 477-479.
Daniells, C., et al. (1998). "Transgenic nematodes as biomonitors of microwave-induced
stress." Mutation Research-Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis
de Pomerai, D., et al. (2000). "Microwave radiation induces a heat-shock response and
enhances growth in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans." IEEE Transactions on
Microwave Theory and Techniques 48(11): 2076-2081.
de Pomerai, D., et al. (2000). "Non-thermal heat-shock response to microwaves." Nature
de Pomerai, D., et al. (2006). "Retraction. Cell biology: Non-thermal heat-shock response to
microwaves." Nature 440(23): 437.
Green, A. C., et al. (2005). "An investigation of the effects of TETRA RF fields on
intracellular calcium in neurones and cardiac myocytes." International Journal of Radiation
Biology 81(12): 869-885.
Mifsud, N. C. D., et al. (2007). "Temperature effects in brain slices exposed to
radiofrequency fields." European Bioelectromagnetics Association Abstracts: S-3-6.
Tattersall, J. E., et al. (2001). "Effects of low intensity radiofrequency electromagnetic fields
on electrical activity in rat hippocampal slices." Brain Research 904(1): 43-53.
Tattersall, J. E. H. (1999). Study of the effects of 10.75GHz microwave radiation on nicotinic
acetylcholine receptor ion channels. Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine. F.
Bersani, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: 577-580.
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