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Skin 'Sees' UV Light, Starts Producing Pigment

Posted: November 7, 2011

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Just because scientists are learning more about how the skin responds to and protects itself against UV radiation, Oancea said, that's no reason for people to change what they do to protect themselves.

"This doesn't say, 'Don't use sunscreen'," Oancea said.

Brown University, the National Institutes of Health, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada supported the research.

Nadine L. Wicks, Jason W. Chan, Julia A. Najera, Jonathan M. Ciriello, Elena Oancea. UVA Phototransduction Drives Early Melanin Synthesis in Human Melanocytes. Current Biology, 2011 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.09.047

From ScienceDaily (Nov 3, 2011)