Accession Number : ADA117527

Title :   Mechanism of Electromagnetic Energy Effects of the Nervous System. Experimental System and Preliminary Results.

Descriptive Note : Preliminary rept. Oct 79-16 Jun 81,

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Campbell,N L ; Brandt,C L

PDF Url : ADA117527

Report Date : 01 Jul 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : Effects of high-level electromagnetic (EM) energy on living nerve tissue were assessed by subjecting individual nerve cells of the marine gastropod Aplysia californica to microwave radiation levels of 10-300 mW/sq cm . Of the 84 cells exposed, five showed inhibitory responses and one showed excitatory response that required from 6 to 82 minutes to develop. In each case, the cell returned to normal activity within 70 minutes of removing the EM field. It appears from the data collected that interaction of EM energy with the electrical activity of nerve cells does exist, and that this interaction is not heat-related. Understanding the mechanism of this interaction will provide a valuable tool in determining the hazards of nonionizing EM energy and the necessary safety limits of exposure. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Radiation effects, *Microwaves, *Nerves, *Nervous system, *Nerve cells, Ganglia, Response(Biology)

Subject Categories : Radiobiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE