Subscribe now


Human cells have a resonant frequency – and it’s just barely audible

Like a tuning fork, living human cells have frequencies at which they naturally vibrate – and now we have estimates for what some of them are

By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

28 December 2023

Objects will vibrate more strongly at certain frequencies


Living human cells have resonant frequencies – rates at which they will naturally oscillate if the conditions are right. This has been suspected for decades, but researchers have now measured what some of those frequencies are.

When an object vibrates, the rate at which it moves back and forth has a big effect. At many frequencies, the object will only vibrate a little or quickly diminish, but at its resonant frequencies the size of the vibration becomes large.

Sign up to our weekly newsletter

Receive a weekly dose of discovery in your inbox! We'll also keep you up to date with New Scientist events and special offers.

Sign up

To continue reading, subscribe today with our introductory offers

View introductory offers

No commitment, cancel anytime*

Offer ends 28th October 2023.

*Cancel anytime within 14 days of payment to receive a refund on unserved issues.

Inclusive of applicable taxes (VAT)


Existing subscribers

Sign in to your account