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16) Do static magnetic fields of the intensity encountered in occupational settings show reproducible biological effects?




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This article is from the Static Electromagnetic Fields and Cancer FAQ, by John Moulder jmoulder@its.mcw.edu and the Medical College of Wisconsin with numerous contributions by others.

16) Do static magnetic fields of the intensity encountered in occupational settings show reproducible biological effects?

Yes. A few biological effects have been reported in laboratory systems
for fields as low as 20 mT, and some organisms appear to be able to
detect changes in the strength and/or orientation of the Earth¹s static
magnetic field (0.03-0.05 mT) [1,54]. In addition, the rates of some
chemical reactions can be affected by magnetic fields as low as 10 mT
[56,57].

 

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