RF radiation-induced changes in the prenatal development of mice

Bioelectromagnetics. 1997;18(6):455-61. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1521-186x(1997)18:6<455::aid-bem8>3.0.co;2-1.


The possible effects of radiofrequency (RF) radiation on prenatal development has been investigated in mice. This study consisted of RF level measurements and in vivo experiments at several places around an "antenna park." At these locations RF power densities between 168 nW/cm2 and 1053 nW/cm2 were measured. Twelve pairs of mice, divided in two groups, were placed in locations of different power densities and were repeatedly mated five times. One hundred eighteen newborns were collected. They were measured, weighed, and examined macro- and microscopically. A progressive decrease in the number of newborns per dam was observed, which ended in irreversible infertility. The prenatal development of the newborns, however, evaluated by the crown-rump length, the body weight, and the number of the lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal vertebrae, was improved.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Body Weight / radiation effects
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Embryonic and Fetal Development / radiation effects*
  • Female
  • Infertility, Female*
  • Litter Size / radiation effects*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Pregnancy
  • Radio Waves*