The world’s most important study into the dangers of mobile-phone use raises serious worries, writes Geoffrey Lean.

It is as if the Pope were to advise us to disregard his past pronouncements as fatally fallible, Lord’s was to declare that umpiring decisions there had long been biased, or Gordon Brown were to confess that his 13 years of managing the economy were a disaster.

This week, the scientists who had completed one of the world’s biggest and most important health studies effectively admitted that it had wasted everyone’s time.

They didn’t put it quite like that, of course. But after 10 years of research and deliberation, the expenditure of £16.5 million, and comparing the health of many thousands of mobile phone users and non-users in 13 countries, the world’s biggest study into whether the phones cause brain cancer – published this week – admitted that its main finding was “implausible” and that its conclusions were undermined by “bias” and “error”.


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