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Upper bound on the biological effects of 50/60 Hz magnetic fields mediated by radical pairs

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Prolonged exposure to weak (~1 μT) extremely-low-frequency (ELF, 50/60 Hz) magnetic fields has been associated with an increased risk of childhood leukaemia. One of the few biophysical mechanisms that might account for this link involves short-lived chemical reaction intermediates known as radical pairs. In this report, we use spin dynamics simulations to derive an upper bound of 10 parts per million on the effect of a 1 μT ELF magnetic field on the yield of a radical pair reaction. By compar...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.7554/elife.44179

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Chemistry
Sub department:
Physical & Theoretical Chem
Oxford college:
Corpus Christi College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-8863-570X
Publisher:
eLife Sciences Publications
Journal:
eLife More from this journal
Volume:
8
Article number:
e44179
Publication date:
2019-02-25
Acceptance date:
2019-02-02
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EISSN:
2050-084X
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:976211
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uuid:fc43da38-324a-4015-9ef8-7c78c679e63a
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pubs:976211
Source identifiers:
976211
Deposit date:
2019-02-25

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