Study reveals that using Wi-Fi on a laptop ‘damages sperm’

November 30th, 2011 - 7:43 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Nov 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study says exposure to laptop Wi-Fi affects the quality of sperms of a man. Researchers from Argentina and the United States carried out the study and concluded that using laptops with the Wi-Fi switched on an close to the genital reduces the sperm quality and subsequently a person’s chances of becoming a father.

During the study, the scientists placed healthy sperms in two containers. One of the containers was placed under a laptop with the wireless technology switched on while the other container was placed away from a Wi-Fi technology but the temperature was maintained.

Upon examination of the sperms, it was realized that a quarter of the sperms placed under the Wi-Fi computer were destroyed. The scientists also found evidence of DNA damage in the damaged sperms. In contrast, the sperms which were placed away from the Wi-Fi technology were left relatively intact with very few DNA damage.

Despite the finding, the authors of the researcher assured that it is too early for men to start worrying about the study. They researchers from the Nascentis Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Cordoba, Argentina and the Eastern Virginia Medical School said the study was conducted under artificial conditions and further tests are needed to fully understand the whole picture.

The research was published in the November edition of the Fertility and Sterility journal.

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