More Effective Sunscreens May Be in the Genes

The ultimate future of skin protection may be genetic.

A study published in the journal Molecular Cell looked at 340 people with melanoma, and managed to isolate the ultraviolet resistance gene.

“If we understand how this UV-resistant gene functions and the processes by which cells repair themselves after ultraviolet damage, then we could find targets for drugs to revert a misguided mechanism back to normal conditions,” study author Chengyu Liang says.

The study indicates that this UV-resistant gene may point the way toward skin cancer prevention, Liang adds. That could include new, more effective forms of skin protection.

Until then, though, slather on the SPF 30.

Sourced from: UPI, 'Sunscreen' gene may guard against skin cancer