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Monday, February 07, 2005

Enzyme May Prevent Sunburn, Skin Cancer

Dutch researchers believe that they can manipulate DNA through an enzyme that has been shown to guard against sunburn in mice. Because this enzyme seems to help protect skin cells against damage from ultraviolet rays, such treatment has potential to help humans resist skin cancers.

The enzyme helps DNA repair itself after exposure to excessive sunlight, which can prevent the devleopment of cancerous growths. Normally, humans and most other mammals lack this repair ability naturally.

Sources: Betterhumans.com, Beverly Tang