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
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
growing root tip of a garlic plant, for example, created some
abnormal cells and killed others by interference with the heredity-
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
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-
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
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.
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
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
TOGETHER UNDER PULSED RADIO FREQUENCIES were soon found. One of
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
AFFECT MANY INTERNAL STRUCTURES.
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
FREQUENCY to respond to, MIXTURES OF DIFFERENT ONES might be
separated with the new technique.
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.