Scientists Developing Sunscreen Pill

Ditch Sunblock with New Tablet

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Posted: Sep 8 | No Comments |

Slathering yourself with sunscreen before you hit the beach could soon be a thing of the past according to a team of British scientists. The researchers from King's College in London are currently working on a pill to prevent sunburn.

The scientists have found that coral produces natural sunscreen compounds to protect itself from the sun's ultraviolet rays. They're currently analyzing coral samples from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to discover the genetic and biological methods the coral use to make their personal sunscreen. They'll then use this data to create a tablet which will protect human skin and eyes from those same damaging UV rays.

But the human implications are just the start of the pill's application. Scientists believe their research could also help produce ultra-violet tolerant crops, which would be resistant to sun damage in tropical climates. Just think what that would do for Third World countries in Africa and Asia. Suddenly these people in poverty could grow reliable, nutrient rich food sources.

The researchers suggest that their sunscreen pill may be ready to test within the next two years, and could be on the market in as little as five years. Are you looking forward to ditching the sunblock?

[Source: Ecouterre]

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