- New evidence has emerged that mobile phones damage
- It follows Sunday Mirror revelations that British
is being sued by an ex-employee who claims using the phones has
senile at 38.
- One of America's leading experts on mobile phones --
Dr Henry Lai of the University of Washington -- conducted tests on 100
rats in a £70,000 project into the possible effects of mobile
filled a large tank with water and taught all the
rats to swim to a
platform in the middle for safety.
- The "lesson" was
repeated six times to make
sure it was stored in the rats' long-term
- Half the rats were then exposed to microwave radiation
to that emitted by mobile phones.
- And while the
"normal" rats later found the
platform with no problem the
"exposed" rats had forgotten where
- Dr Lai said from
America last night: "The long-term
memory of virtually all the
'exposed' rats appeared to have been affected."
- Previous studies have already
linked mobile phones with
short-term memory loss and confusion.
- But Dr Lai's findings
-- which will shortly be published
in a US medical journal -- are the
first to cast doubts on long-term memory.
- He said: "It is a
completely different thing.
- "Short-term memory loss is just being unable to
remember something which you have just done or glanced at.
memory is something which has been learned
or recalled and stored in
- "The data from this latest study is certainly a
- The Sunday Mirror revealed in April that former BT engineer
Steve Corney was taking the company to court claiming he now suffers
- He said: "Five years ago seems like last week to
me because I can't remember what's gone on in the meantime." BT deny
- Meanwhile, the House of Commons Science and Technology
Committee has demanded the Government put extra cash into mobile phone
research after finding only £60,000 was spent last year.
- The Department of
Trade and Industry is expected to announce
its response in the next few
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