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Link between male infertility and mobile phones

A team of researchers at the University of Newcastle (UON) has linked mobile phone radiation with reduced sperm motility – the ability of sperm to swim.

Their findings highlight the potential danger of storing a mobile phone near male genitalia for prolonged periods.

The new research examined the effects of the electromagnetic radiation that is produced by cell phones on the male reproductive system.

The results indicated consequences such as a decline in sperm movement and increases in DNA damage.

“Mobile phone use has become more and more popular over the years, meaning many of us are exposed to radiation every day. While findings suggest it has a negative impact, we’re not sure exactly why,” said UON PhD student Brendan Houston.

Mr Houston and his team reviewed 27 scientific studies investigating the effects of mobile phone radiation.

They found negative consequences from exposure were reported in 21 of the studies.

“I’m now looking at trying to dissect how this radiation actually affects the male reproductive cells,” he said.

A UON Bachelor of Biotechnology graduate, Mr Houston intends to continue his work in the field of reproductive science as part of ongoing efforts to combat male infertility.

To read more about this UON study, click here. Story credit: University of Newcastle newsroom

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