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Main Title Effect of Ambient Levels of Power-Line-Frequency Electric Fields on a Developing Vertebrate (Journal Version).
Author Blackman, C. F. ; House, D. E. ; Benane, S. G. ; Joines, W. T. ; Spiegel, R. J. ;
CORP Author Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Publisher 1988
Year Published 1988
Report Number EPA/600/J-88/091;
Stock Number PB89-109706
Additional Subjects Electric fields ; Power lines ; Chick embryo ; Calcium ; Brain ; Electromagnetic fields ; Reprints ; Fetal development ; Biological radiation effects ; Biological transport
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB89-109706 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 14p
Fertilized eggs of Gallus domesticus were exposed continuously during their 21-day incubation period to either 50-Hz or 60-Hz sinusoidal electric fields at an average intensity of 10 Vrms/m. Within 1.5 days after hatching, the chickens were removed from the apparatus and tested. The test consisted of examining the effect of 50- or 60-Hz electromagnetic fields at 15.9 Vrms/m and 73 nTrms (in a local geomagnetic field of 38 uT, 85 deg N) on efflux of calcium ions from the chicken brain. For eggs exposed to 60-Hz electric fields during incubation, the chicken brains demonstrated a significant response to 50-Hz fields but not to 60-Hz fields, in agreement with the results from commercially incubated eggs. In contrast, the brains from chicks exposed during incubation to 50-Hz fields were not affected by either 50- or 60-Hz fields. These results demonstrate that exposure of a developing organism to ambient power-line-frequency electric fields at levels typically found inside buildings can alter the response of brain tissue to radiation-induced calcium-ion efflux.