Inhibition of Bacterial Growth in Homogeneous Fields

  • H. G. Hedrick


The use of magnetic fields as shielding against cosmic radiation during missions in space is presently being investigated. Such active shielding apparently requires magnetic fields stronger than the geomagnetic field. In order to predict the possibility of a biosystem suffering a deleterious effect in constant high magnetic fields, it becomes necessary to study the responses of the system when placed in such fields. Studies of the responses of microorganisms, as the biosystem, to magnetic fields have been carried out at General Dynamics/Fort Worth for the past year.


Magnetic Field Permanent Magnet Nutrient Broth Serratia Marcescens Cosmic Radiation 


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© Plenum Press 1964

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. G. Hedrick
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  1. 1.Applied Science LaboratoriesGeneral DynamicsFort WorthUSA

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