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Title: The effects of weak electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure on developing Xenopus laevis tadpoles
Authors: Jeyachandren, Jeffrey
Keywords: electromagnetic fields (EMFs);Xenopus laevis tadpoles;social behaviour
Issue Date: 8-Jul-2015
Publisher: Laurentian University of Sudbury
Abstract: The effect of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on biological systems continues to be explored in the scientific literature and is expanded upon in the present study by using Xenopus laevis tadpoles as a model for vertebrate physiology and behaviour . Previous research has shown that weak EMF exposure causes delays in tadpole metamorphosis. The current study assesses the influence of EMFs on tadpole social behaviour by quantifying the strong natural gathering instinct of the animals. EMFs that have an impact on tadpole behaviour are hypothesized to further show quantifiable differences in tadpole neuroanatomy. Results from the present study do not show a significant interaction between field exposure and tadpole growth or social behaviour. Strong limitations are discussed with respect to the data collected. How the data from this experiment coincides with the current literature on biological-EMF interaction is rationalized. Finally, aspects of the present study that can be utilized to guide future research are identified.
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