AUTHORS' ABSTRACT; Gandhi et al. 2014 (IEEE #5864): Mobile phone base stations, continuously emit low-frequency radiofrequency (RF) radiations and thus are a cause of public health concern. In the present study, genetic damage in peripheral blood leukocytes (single cell gel electrophoresis/ comet assay) and buccal mucosal cells (buccal micronucleus cytome assay) of
individuals residing in the vicinity of a mobile phone tower (n=50, power density 11.18±0.13 W/m2), and in healthy controls from areas with no nearby towers (n=25, power density, 0.04±0.00 W/m2), was assessed. Damage frequency, damage index, mean DNA migration length, frequencies of micronucleated, basal and pyknotic cells were significantly elevated (p=0.000) in the sample group. Age, diet, location of residences, distance from mobile phone base station and phone-set Specific Absorbance Rate values were significant predictors of genetic damage.
Hence the observations indicate that 24x7 continuous exposure from base stations may pose genetic-damage threat to the populace residing nearby.