by Jonathan Galland
Rubbing sunscreen on your skin can help protect it.
But what if you could take a pill for that?
Now scientists from King’s College London are working on a pill that could help protect the skin from sun damage.
If that sounds a little fishy, well that’s exactly right, because this novel solution comes straight out of the sea.
Suncreen Compound from Coral Reefs
They have discovered a compound that helps coral reefs protect themselves from the strong sunshine that penetrates the shallow waters where the coral lives.
Fish who eat the coral gain sun protection, but humans don’t, because the compounds are destroyed by our digestive systems.
U.K. Scientist’s Sunscreen Pill
Lead researcher, Dr Paul Long, is looking for a way to overcome that limitation to allow the compound to provide protection, in the form of a pill.
"We are very close to being able to reproduce this compound in the lab, and if all goes well we would expect to test it within the next two years." Dr. Long notes in The Telegraph.
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Source: The Telegraph