Gertz I. Likhtenshtein



Spin Chemistry and Radio- and Microwave Radiations Effects on Living Organisms

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radioradiation, microwave radiations, human health


During the last decades, the escalated use of various wireless communication devices, which emit non-ionizing radiofrequency (RF) radiation of audio and TV broadcasting and high frequency microwave (MW) electromagnetic fields of wireless communication technology, have raised concerns among the general public regarding the potential adverse effects on human health. In spite of large body of investigation of these effects of in vitro and in vivo, which exposures of animals and humans or their cells to RF and MW fields, data reported in scientific publications are contradictory. This minireview is an attempt of critical analysis of these data from point of basic conceptions of spin chemistry, which stands on four fundamental phenomena: 1) resonance absorption electromagnetic radiation, 2) triplet state splitting in magnetic field, 3) spin conservation rule and 4) singlet triplet interconversion. From the standpoint of the problem of influence of electromagnetic radiation on biological reactions, spin effects in radical pairs are of special interest. Potential affection of very strong PMF on anisotropic diamagnetic system, say, biological lipid membranes and fluidity biological liquids can be also taken in consideration. The Lorentz magnetic forces of RF and MW fields are very weak and can not provide a magneto-reception mechanism. Therefore all finding which don’t fit to “a Procrustean bed” of the spin chemistry can be considered as annoying artefacts or intriguing challenging problem for future.

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Gertz I. Likhtenshtein. (2017) Spin Chemistry and Radio- and Microwave Radiations Effects on Living Organisms. International Journal of Biochemistry Research, 2, 16-27