I'm aware that a similar question has been asked before, but I'm hoping my questions are different enough to warrant a new post. Does the presence of a cellphone affect sperm count or heart rate?
I know that cell phones/wifi don't produce ionizing radiation, so there isn't an obvious mechanism for causing dna damage, but there seems to be a growing consensus that they can produce oxidative stress & dna damage in sperm at very low intensities.
I have three questions: First, am I right that there's a growing consensus, or am I just falling prey to publication bias? Second, is there any plausible mechanism for this? I believe heating was controlled for in the papers I've linked, so that shouldn't be it. If there's no plausible mechanism, what are some explanations for their findings?
Third, if this is true, shouldn't we see a huge growth in infertility/birth defects/miscarriage rates? Is it likely for us to not see those and for these studies to be correct?
http://aphoenix.awardspace.com/documents/aitken_etal_2005.pdf <- Original research http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2164/jandrol.111.014373/full <- Literature review http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412014001354 <- Meta-analysis http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_scenihr/docs/scenihr_o_022.pdf <- European commission report (a resounding "maybe"). http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0006446 <- Original research