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Cell phones = carcinogen; German E. coli epidemic continues; protein required for stem cell-ness

Cristina Luiggi
Jun 1, 2011
This week's news includes a WHO decision to consider cell phones carcinogenic, a mysterious and deadly E. coli outbreak in Germany, an adhesion protein crucial for stem cells being stem cells, Italian scientists accused of manslaughter, biodegradable products could be worse for the environment, and the most detailed map of HIV in the United States.
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Cell phones cause cancer? After commissioning a review of the literature by a panel of experts, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that electromagnetic fields given off by cell phones may cause brain cancer. The international committee, which relied mostly on epidemiological data comparing mobile use between cancer patients and cancer-free individuals, placed these electromagnetic fields on a par with other carcinogens such as lead and engine exhaust. But even scientists involved with the committee caution that further research is required, linkurl:Nature reports,;http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110601/full/news.2011.341.html adding that results from animal studies have been...
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