Radio Waves Found to Affect Cell Behaviour

courtesy of Sgt. Paul Carlson.


From the June 1959 edition of The DelaWarr Labs

Mind & Matter Journal.


Radio Waves Found to Affect Cell Behaviour

(This article which appeared in The New York Times on March 30,

1959 is the first intimation, apart from the claims of various

radionic operators, that radio waves can affect cellular

behaviour. The information comes somewhat as a shock to all

physicists judging by the remarks of the physicists and

biologists visiting Dr. Heller’s laboratory who say “I’ll be


We would remind our readers that the method of critically

tuning a radio frequency to produce a resonant effect with a

specific cell group in the human body is a routine performance

with the more advanced radionic operators……….The Editor

Organisms line up in reply to High Pulsed Range

The discovery that radio waves can influence the behaviour of cells

has been reported by a team of scientists.

It is believed that the discovery may have far-reaching effects in

medicine and in the understanding of basic life processes, as well

as in industry.

The findings, published in two technical journals, have to do with

the behaviour of many living and non-living substances in fields of

radio energy.

The scientists are Dr. John H. Heller, Dr. A.A. Teixeira-Pinto and

Dr. John L. Cutler of the New England Institute for Medical Research

in Ridgefield, Conn. They have found that a variety of substances –

including carbon, silver, starch, polystyrene particles, red blood

cells and several types of living microscopic organisms – can be

oriented by pulsed radio frequencies.

Perhaps the most significant factor in this work so far is the

discovery that the new technique apparently permits the scientists

to affect structures inside living cells. The use of the pulsed

radio frequency of about twenty-seven megacycles on cells in the

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growing root tip of a garlic plant, for example, created some

abnormal cells and killed others by interference with the heredity-

carrying elements.

At present the scientists cannot explain the phenomenon. The

possibility that particles under an impressed radio frequency tend

to line up SO THERE IS MINIMAL DISTORTION of the field as close as

they can come to guessing how it works, but this leaves many

questions unanswered.

The scientists, however, are able to reproduce the effect


For example, randomly swimming groups of tiny, cigar-shaped

organisms known as Euglena can be made to swim together in an east-

west direction, ALONG THE LINES OF FORCE in the impressed radio-

frequency field.

They all move in straight lines as though obeying the lanes in a

swimming meet. This analogy is extended by the little “flip turns”

the Euglena make when they reach the end of a “lane” and swim back

along their original paths.

Even more astonishing things happen when the radio frequency is

increased a certain amount. The little organisms SUDDENLY FLIP

NINETY DEGREES and all start swimming in a north-south direction.

Dr. Heller said that this ability to “play these things like a

piano” has so fascinated his team that lights have been burning in

the laboratory practically every evening and week-end since the work

began last November.

“Visiting physicists and biologists usually don’t believe it until

they see it work,” he said. “Then the first thing they say is ‘I’ll

be damned!'”

Dr. Heller and Dr. Cutler demonstrated the effect on several other

things, including staphylococcus germs, amoebae and polystyrene

particles (tiny synthetic particles of uniform size). All except

the staphylococci behaved as predicted, lining up east-west under

one radio frequency and north-south under another.

Dr. Heller explained that each substance seemed to have a FAVOURED

FREQUENCY for lining up with OR against the field. Euglena, for

example, line up east-west at six megacycles and north-south at

about fifteen megacycles. Staphylococcus north-south frequency,

presuming it has one, appears to be one out of the range of the

institute’s present equipment, according to Dr. Heller.

Radio signals in the medium frequency range are being used roughly

between five megacycles and forty megacycles. The scientists are at

work on equipment that will take them into radar range, or somewhat

above 100 megacycles.

The present equipment consists of a radio frequency source that

permits pulsation of the signal at various rates and powers.

Pulsing is necessary because a constantly applied signal would fry

any living material.


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Wire leads from the power source end in electrodes of silver paint

on the underside of the microscope slide that is covered with still

another microscope slide on which the material to be examined is

placed. In this way the experimental material is insulated from the

electrodes by two thicknesses of glass and thus exposed only to the

radio field and not directly to any current carrier.

Preliminary results from work with this equipment are carried in

NATURE, a British scientific publication, and the RES BULLETIN, the

American journal.

The New England team got into this work by being dissatisfied with

explanations offered for the reported development of cataracts and

germ-cell damage in persons WHO WORKED IN RADAR, a radio frequency

considerably higher than that being used in the Ridgefield


Some investigators suggested that the alleged damage was caused by

the heating of tissue in the radar beams. Dr. Heller did not like

this theory and set out to explore other possibilities.

Alteration of genetic material induced in plant test

“Four reports of the peculiar behaviour of fat globules in radio-

frequency fields had been made since 1927,” he said, “and we decided

to see if we could get similar reactions from other things.”

He added that a number of other substances that lined up AND STRUNG


their experiments stands out as an important turning point.

Working with a microscopic animal known as paramecium they noted

that a tiny particle within the cell of a trapped organism FLIPPED

BACK AND FORTH according to the impressed field. This meant, Dr.

Heller explained, that it was possible TO REACH INSIDE CELLS AND


That new possibility led to an experiment in which cells in the

growing tip of a garlic plant were exposed to the field for five

minutes and then examined twenty-four hours later.

The scientists reported finding several changes in the cells’

chromosomes, the heredity-controlling structures. VIRTUALLY ALL

the classical aberations known to be caused by ionizing radiation

and certain poisons were noted, Dr. Heller explained. This finding

suggests that radio frequencies appear to constitute a powerful new

tool for studying the growth and genetic development of organisms.

Work along this line has already resulted in the creation of both

LETHAL MUTATIONS and VIABLE NEW STRAINS of vinegar flies and certain

bacteria, the scientists said. They speculated that this research

might find application in cancer treatment if it turned out that

radio frequencies COULD BE USED TO SCRAMBLE CHROMOSOMES in malignant

cells, thereby preventing their further growth.

In addition, because each substance seems to have a PREFERRED RADIO


separated with the new technique.


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In support of this possibility Dr. Heller cited experiments that

showed how foreign substances could be made to flow over aligned

polystyrene particles and how two different strains of penicillin

spores WERE DIFFERENTIATED by the radio-frequency fields.

Dr. Heller also remarked that interest in his experiments had been

expressed by the oil industry. Behind this interest, he explained,

is the thought THAT IF PARTICLES CAN BE ALIGNED before they are

chemically strung together into fibres, EXTREMELY STRONG STRANDS of

the material probably can be created.