Novel Sunscreen Pill from Algae and Coral

Scientists have found that the algae those live in the coral produce a compound that is again processed by the coral to mutually benefit each other in protecting from ultraviolet rays from sun.

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Coral Could One Day Be Used In Sunscreen Pill

“What we have found is that the algae living within the coral makes a compound that we think is transported to the coral, which then modifies it into a sunscreen for the benefit of both the coral and the algae. Not only does this protect them both from UV damage, but we have seen that fish that feed on the coral also benefit from this sunscreen protection, so it is clearly passed up the food chain.”

Coral Algae Could One Day Be Used In Sunscreen Pill

Studying the endangered Acropora coral, the researchers are able to synthetically replicate in the lab the key compounds from the surface of the coral that can resist the UV rays.

“There would have to be a lot of toxicology tests done first but I imagine a sunscreen tablet might be developed in five years or so. Nothing like it exists at the moment.”



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