Description: The digital age has left men’s nether parts in a squeeze, if you believe the latest science on semen, laptops and wireless connections.
Date: November 29, 2011
In a report in the venerable medical journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men, placed a few drops under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and then hit download.
Four hours later, the semen was, eh, well-done.
A quarter of the sperm were no longer swimming around, for instance, compared to just 14 percent from semen samples stored at the same temperature away from the computer.
And nine percent of the sperm showed DNA damage, three-fold more than the comparison samples.
The culprit? Electromagnetic radiation generated during wireless communication, say Conrado Avendano of Nascentis Medicina Reproductiva in Cordoba and colleagues. READ REST OF STORY
Questions for discussion:
- Do you feel this research is legitimate and if so what should be done about this information?
2. Is this problem better solved with legislation or just individuals being left to make their own self interested decisions?