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Cell Phone Lawsuits Face a Scientific Test

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Science  16 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5546, pp. 1440-1442
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5546.1440

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Claims that radiation from cell phones increases the risk of brain cancer have not fared well in the court of scientific opinion; are they acceptable in the court of law? A new wave of such lawsuits has been filed by plaintiff lawyers across the United States since last spring. One case currently working its way through the courts could have broad implications for other cases, because it will use some new, science-based standards to determine whether these claims should be examined by the court.

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