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Nathaniel Rich on Cell Phones and Cancer


The chair of a working group from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said yesterday that cell phone use should be considered “possibly carcinogenic.” The W.H.O. is the most significant body to classify the radiation emitted by cell phones in this way.

Nathaniel Rich, author of the novel The Mayor’s Tongue, wrote about the debate over whether cell phones cause cancer in the May 2010 issue of Harper’s Magazine. His article is available, for free, at You can also download the free PDF from our archives. (And of course you can subscribe here to get free access to more than 160 years of Harper’s Magazine.)

For those interested in getting additional context on the cell phone news, Cancer Research UK has posted an excellent piece contextualizing the W.H.O.’s findings.