Recently some Finnish newspapers published critical stories concerning the end of the research of the biological effects of cell phone radiation at STUK (see links below).
Ended were not only the laboratory studies on cells but also the human volunteer study, planned since 2008 and for which funding was promised first by Tekes and then by STUK but which never materialized. This human volunteer study was to examine the effects of cell phone radiation on real cell phone users. It was to be replication study of the pilot study published in 2008 in the BMC Genomics journal. Since, this study was viewed over 40.000 times and remains the most viewed and most downloaded study in the history of BMC Genomics. The human volunteer study was not to examione EHS. Studying EHS phenomenon is, by default, strictly forbidden at STUK.
While termination of laboratory studies on cells can be understandable in situation of shrinking budget. Cancellation of human study cannot be excused. Epidemiology, that will be continued at STUK, will not answer the question of whether cell phone radiation affects human health. The last 10 years of the failed epidemiological studies attest to it. I will write more about this inexcusable waste of funds and research potential in the “parallel universe” of epidemiology in my first blog after the New Year.
Here are the links to stories in Finnish newsmedia:
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