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Abstract Title:

Biogenic magnetite in the nematode caenorhabditis elegans.

Abstract Source:

Proc Biol Sci. 2004 Dec 7 ;271 Suppl 6:S436-9. PMID: 15801597

Abstract Author(s):

Charles G Cranfield, Adam Dawe, Vassil Karloukovski, Rafal E Dunin-Borkowski, David de Pomerai, Jon Dobson

Article Affiliation:

Charles G Cranfield


The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is widely used as a model system in biological research. Recently, examination of the production of heat-shock proteins in this organism in response to mobile phone-type electromagnetic field exposure produced the most robust demonstration to date of a non-thermal, deleterious biological effect. Though these results appear to be a sound demonstration of non-thermal bioeffects, to our knowledge, no mechanism has been proposed to explain them. We show, apparently for the first time, that biogenic magnetite, a ferrimagnetic iron oxide, is present in C. elegans. Its presence may have confounding effects on experiments involving electromagnetic fields as well as implications for the use of this nematode as a model system for iron biomineralization in multi-cellular organisms.

Study Type : Animal Study

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