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A sunscreen pill to end sunburn?

Would you care to pop a pill instead of applying sunscreen? British researchers have discovered a new formula to shield humans from harmful ultraviolet sunrays – the same formula used by marine coral.

The mutually dependent relationship between coral – an underwater animal – and algae is the key to their protection from sun. Researchers are focusing on extracting the secret behind that mechanism to develop a sunscreen pill for humans.

Scientists have discovered the sunscreen-manufacturing mechanism at work by collecting coral in the dark and then exposing it to the sun. If research progresses as hoped, a synthetic anti-sun compound could become a reality in the next five years.

Will this discovery boost the agricultural sector due to the rise of sun-tolerant crops and plants?

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