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Friday, 2 July 2010

UVA radiation damages DNA in human skin cells and can lead to Melanoma

A new study has found that UVA radiation damages the DNA in human melanocyte cells, causing mutations that can lead to melanoma. Melanocytes, which contain a substance called melanin that darkens the skin to protect it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, are more vulnerable to UVA radiation than normal skin cells because they are unable to repair themselves as efficiently.

Read full article in Science Daily

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