WiFi vs. Human Sperm

[ medicine, ]
November 29, 2011

A WiFi-connected laptop near your balls may not be such a great idea; research looking at sperm (not in balls) exposed to 4 hours of WiFi from ta laptop conclude much reduced votility ("ability to function"). Additional abstract with diagrams.


Motile sperm were selected by swim up. Each sperm suspension was divided into two aliquots. One sperm aliquot (experimental) from each patient was exposed to an internet-connected laptop by Wi-Fi for 4 hours, whereas the second aliquot (unexposed) was used as control, incubated under identical conditions without being exposed to the laptop.


Donor sperm samples, mostly normozoospermic, exposed ex vivo during 4 hours to a wireless internet-connected laptop showed a significant decrease in progressive sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation. Levels of dead sperm showed no significant differences between the two groups.