A PRESTIGIOUS SCIENTIFINC PAPER DEMONSTRATES THE ABSENCE OF ANY IMPACT ON MICE BEHAVIOUR AND WELFARE DUE TO LOW FREQUENCY EMF EXPOSURE.
A recently developed Electromagnetic based technology capable to monitor mice activity in their home cage named Digital Ventilated Cage, (DVC®; Tecniplast S.p.A. Buguggiate, Italy) has been objective of a scientific investigation for any impact on anxiety-like behaviour and cognition, two well recognized welfare indicators.
The scientific paper is available on line:
The Effect of exposure to low frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) as an integral part of the housing system on anxiety-related behaviour, cognition and welfare in two strains of laboratory mice. Burman O. et al. PLoS One 13(5), (2018). http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0197054&type=printable.
Two strains of inbred mice, C57BL/6NCrl and the BALB/cAnNCrl were housed in IVCs either with the EMF plate underneath the cage “on” or “off” for six weeks. A number of parameters were collected during this period (i.e feed and water consumption, body weight etc.) whereas measures of anxiety-like behaviour and cognitive performance were collected at the end of the study.
As expected strong differences between the two strains were recorded but no significant effects of treatment for any of the measure collected.
Eventually, it was demonstrated the absence of any impact on the behaviour and welfare due to low frequency EMF exposure of mice for six weeks.