Biological Effects of Power Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields

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The Minerva Group, Inc., Jun 1, 2002 - Science - 112 pages
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This report was prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment of the United States Congress to review the health effects of high-voltage transmission lines. For about two decades, there has been some concern about the health effects of electric and magnetic fields produced by transmission lines. Recent studies have heightened this concern. Health effects research is still preliminary and inconclusive, but a growing number of studies suggest that under certain circumstances even relatively weak electric and magnetic fields can produce biologic changes.This report discusses the present state of knowledge on the health effects of low-frequency electric and magnetic fields and describes current U. S. funding levels and research programs. Also, the report provides information on regulatory activity, including existing and proposed field exposure standards.
 

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Contents

Introduction and Overview
1
Cellular Level Experiments
24
Whole Animal Experiments
35
Comparing Laboratory and Human Exposures
52
General Conclusions About Biological Effects of ELF Fields
67
Regulatory Activity and Exposure Standards
73
References
82
Endnotes
95
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