31 Aug '11, 7pm

A pill that protects your skin from the sun could be on its way — thanks to coral

A pill that protects your skin from the sun could be on its way — thanks to coral

"What we have found is that the algae living within the coral makes a compound that we think is transported to the coral, which then modifies it into a sunscreen for the benefit of both the coral and the algae," Long says in a statement . "Not only does this protect them both from UV damage, but we have seen that fish that feed on the coral also benefit from this sunscreen protection, so it is clearly passed up the food chain. This led us to believe that if we can determine how this compound is created and passed on, we could biosynthetically develop it in the laboratory to create a sunscreen for human use, perhaps in the form of a tablet, which would work in a similar way."

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/protection-safety/blogs/sunscre...

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