Charge Effects in Electromagnetic Stimulation of Biosynthesis

  • Martin Blank
  • Reba Goodman
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 51)


Exposure to low intensity non-ionizing radiation has been linked to a number of significant biological effects, both clinically beneficial (e.g., acceleration of bone fracture healing in cases of non-unions [1]) and potentially harmful (e.g., epidemiological studies showing an increased risk of childhood leukemia [2, 3]). Studies of the stimulation of biosynthesis in cells by electromagnetic fields have demonstrated the presence of signal-specific proteins [4], and have also shown that the intensity thresholds for affecting biosynthesis are different at different frequencies [5]. The effects of electromagnetic stimulation on biosynthesis provide detailed information that is important in unraveling the mechanism of action of electromagnetism on fundamental cellular processes. A description of the mechanism at this level could serve as a basis for understanding the more complex effects of electromagnetism in living systems and eventually defining the effects at different levels of electromagnetic exposure.


Childhood Leukemia Thermal Stimulus Molecular Weight Range Salivary Gland Cell Fundamental Cellular Process 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Blank
    • 1
  • Reba Goodman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, College of Physicians & SurgeonsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, College of Physicians & SurgeonsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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