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How a Key Enzyme Repairs Sun-Damaged DNA 97

Posted by kdawson
from the one-proton-and-one-electron dept.
BraveHeart writes "Researchers have long known that mammals, including humans, lack a key enzyme — one possessed by most of the animal kingdom and even plants — that reverses severe sun damage. For the first time, researchers have witnessed how this enzyme works at the atomic level to repair sun-damaged DNA. 'Normal sunscreen lotions convert UV light to heat, or reflect it away from our skin. A sunscreen containing photolyase could potentially heal some of the damage from UV rays that get through.'"

Comment: Gadgets, social networking, games (Score 0) 818

by bondjamesbond (#30739216) Attached to: US Youth Have Serious Mental Health Issues
The trilogy of always on instant gratification erodes young minds at an alarming rate. Turn off the electricity, take away the smart phone, plant a garden, go camping, go to the library, don't treat them like quail eggs, and your kids will rebound at a very brisk, healthy rate. Been there, done that with my kids. No more anxiety, no more cutting - presto chango.

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