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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls are investigating an all new sunscreen made from fish slime, algae and crustacean shells. Centre Director, Professor Vincent Bulone is leading the study. “In our work, we have exploited the very same type of mycosporines produced in many fish species of the Great Barrier Reef to protect their eyes and tissues from the different types of UV light, UVA and UVB,” Professor Bulone said. “Our tests show that this novel sunscreen has superior quality to existing options by providing increased protection against both UVA and UVB radiation and is stable in variable heat and light conditions.”

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