Medical Study: Laptops, WiFi and Male Infertility
In Argentina, scientists of the Nascentis Center for Reproductive Medicine in Cordoba found that drops of semen from healthy men placed under a laptop connected by wireless to the Internet kills or maims the good swimming sperm. The findings were reported in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility.
Within four hours of being placed next to a WiFi connected computer, twenty-five percent of the sperm had stopped moving and nine percent showed DNA damage. Another sample of sperm by comparison were kept at the same temperature but away from the computer had just a fourteen percent mobility drop and just a three percent suffered DNA damage. Yet another sample of sperm placed under the computer without the WiFi connection turned on did not show significant levels of sperm damage. The scientists believe the differences in mobility is a result of electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless communication.
This research is not the first to report on the potential of mobile communications communications technology to harm sperm health. Last year, scientists from Canada found evidence that wireless radiation caused DNA damage in sperm. Moroever, in 2004 a study by American scientists found that a laptop computer placed on a man's lap would boost scrotum temperature by nearly three degrees and cause damage to sperm.