Master of Science (Research) Physics
School of Engineering Physics - Faculty of Engineering
Lazarakis, Peter, Effects of a static magnetic field on biological samples, Master of Science (Research) Physics thesis, School of Engineering Physics - Faculty of Engineering, University of Wollongong, 2009. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/3033
FTIR spectroscopy uses the absorbed light in an IR beam to determine the composition of a sample. This study was done using FTIR techniques to determine the damage done or alterations caused when a magnetic field was applied to a biological sample (cell cultures).
The effects of magnetic fields on biological samples is an area that is not very well understood with little reliable data available.
Various experiments investigating the influence of a magnetic field on cell growth, the chemical bonds in cells and the effects during irradiation were performed. Consistently it was seen that the largest changes to the cell were found in hydrogen bonds, most commonly in water. Though perhaps this may not normally create any significant biological impact when a biological sample is irradiated, as in radiotherapy, the chemical and physical structure of water is quite important.
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