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.