Nearly closed loops in biological systems as electromagnetic receptors

D. Eichler

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It is noted here that when a nearly closed loop in a biological system, such as a self-synapsing (autapsing) neuron or mutually synapsing pair, is exposed to an a.c. magnetic field, the induced electric fields in the insulating gaps can be many orders of magnitude larger than the average values typically discussed in the literature. It is suggested that animal nervous systems might possibly be affected in selected spots by man-made alternating magnetic fields at weaker levels than previously supposed. Radio and microwave radiation should be considered particularly suspect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-230
Number of pages4
JournalBioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 May 1997
EventProceedings of the 1996 13th International Symposium on Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics - Ein Gedi, Isr
Duration: 7 Jan 199612 Jan 1996


  • Closed loop conductor
  • Electromagnetic receptor
  • Self-synapsing neurons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry


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