The effects of radio frequency waves on cell viability
Carol (Jiaying) He, Mulan Ramani
Port Moody Secondary
Floor Location : M 231 H
The use of radio frequency waves is widespread in our society. They are used for cell phones, internet, and improve communications and quality of life significantly. However, these waves may cause potential harm to cells, This project investigates how radio frequency waved affect cell viability using yeast as a model organism. The effects of radio frequency on cell viability will be tested by using a wireless router that has been set to emit a radio frequency level of 2.4 GHz, continuously, at 1 watt of power. This amount of radio frequency is the standard for the majority of cellphones around that have LTE bands between 800 to 2400 GHz, and by increasing the distance between the yeast cultures and the wireless router, the radio frequency is lower than the yeast cultures closer the wireless router's antenna. The continuous radio frequency that is emitted, is used to simulate a conversation that one would have on the phone, as a cellphone would be constantly emitting radio frequency both to receive signal and to send it out. This use of a wireless router than an actual cellphone, is more practical as we are able to expose the yeast cultures to a continuous amount of radio frequency over a longer period of time without much interference.