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|Title:||The effects of natural magnetic fields on biological systems : evidence from planaria, sunflower seeds and breast cancer cells|
|Degree:||Master of Science (MSc) in Biology|
|Keywords:||electric field;magnetic field;geomagnetic storm;planaria;photon;experimental design;plant;endogenous;circadian;weather;neuroscience;cancer|
|Abstract:||Natural magnetic fields include the Earth’s magnetic field and biomagnetic fields produced by living organisms. Earth has a static magnetic field whose intensity is constantly fluctuating and has deviations called geomagnetic storms. In multiple experiments, we found that geomagnetic storms that occurred either on the same day as the experiment, or four days before the experiment had a significant impact on the subsequent behaviour of planaria and photon emissions of germinating sunflower seeds. However, the effects were most evident in only a subset of their populations. Consistent with this idea, a small proportion of planaria seemed able to detect the presence of a weak, patterned electric field in a maze. We also found that when humans practised healing intentionality on breast cancer cultures, they had a subtle influence on the photon emission from the cells. These results demonstrate the effectiveness of natural magnetic fields even if their influences evade our awareness.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master's Theses|
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