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Your Cell Phone, Your DNA

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Researchers announced today that "radio waves from mobile phones harm body cells and damage DNA in laboratory conditions" according to a new study funded by the European Union.

The study, which was conducted in seven European countries (where cell phone usage, surprisingly, exceeds that in the United States) did not prove that mobile phones are a risk to health but concluded that more research is needed to see "if effects can also be found outside a lab."

In unrelated news via NBC 4, LAX today unveiled the first of three "cell phone waiting lots" for motorists who will be picking up holiday passengers, which should help alleviate traffic congestion over the holiday season (and possibly harm ones' DNA beyond repair).

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The 79 space lot is located at 9011 Airport Boulevard and is about five minutes away from the Central Terminal Area and easily accessible from La Tijera, Sepulveda, Manchester and Century Boulevards. Motorists who prefer to not have to circle endlessly can wait here until "the call comes."

In LAist's opinion, today's cell phone news is both good and bad -- it's nice to know we won't find ourselves trying to make that trip around the LAX Terminal 4 horn take longer than normal just to hopefully save ourselves another trip. Then again, we could very well be sacrificing the future of our progeny (and sterility) in the process.

It's a tough decision to make -- but in the end, we'll take the "cell phone lot" since it just plain makes life easier.

[The previous entry was contributed via LAist/Moveable Type's new moblogging cell phone service.]