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Radio waves from cell phones harm DNA

Since the introduction of cellular telephones in 1983, there have been remarkable changes in the cellular industry. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), the leading national organization that represents both wireless carriers and manufacturers, reports that the industry is growing at a rate of 40% per year. Worldwide mobile phone sales surpassed 167 million units in the third quarter of 2004, a 26 percent increase from the third quarter of 2003, according to Gartner, Inc.

According to a Strategy Analytics report, by the end of 2004, 670 million cellular telephones will have been sold globally. Mobile phone subscribers around the globe totaled nearly 1.5 billion by the middle of 2004, about one quarter of the world's population, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says.

This rapid growth has brought with it a non-discriminating change in the demographics of cellular telephone users: from middle-aged businessmen to users encompassing all age groups, and social and economic classes. This number is increasing at a rate of about 46,000 new subscribers per day. Experts estimate that by 2005 there will be over 1.26 billion wireless telephone users worldwide.

Radio waves from mobile phones harm body cells and damage DNA in laboratory conditions, according to a new study majority-funded by the European Union, researchers said on Monday, December 20, 2004.

The so-called Reflex study, conducted by 12 research groups in seven European countries, did not prove that mobile phones are a risk to health but concluded that more research is needed to see if effects can also be found outside a lab.

The $100 billion a year mobile phone industry asserts that there is no conclusive evidence of harmful effects as a result of electromagnetic radiation.