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Australian researchers are developing sunscreen with a sunscreen filter from corals of the Great Barrier Reef
Scientists worldwide are looking for a more effective sunscreen as skin cancer rates have been rising steadily for years. Australian researchers now seem to have made a breakthrough. According to their own statements, they developed “a new generation of sun milk” in collaboration with an Australian company for personal care products. The scientists were inspired by corals from the Great Barrier Reef. These have special filters to protect themselves against harmful UV radiation. According to researchers, these filters have been modified for the new sunscreen cream and adapted for humans.
Corals have had effective sun protection for thousands of years To find a more effective defense against harmful UV rays when it comes to sun protection milk, Australian researchers used the corals of the Great Barrier Reef. The cnidarians have had special filters for millions of years to protect themselves from the harmful effects of solar radiation. The scientists imitated these filters and integrated them into a new type of sunscreen that is also said to be effective in humans. This was announced by the Australian science authority CSIRO on Tuesday. The filters are transparent, odorless and very stable.
"This breakthrough prepares the field for a new generation of sunscreen creams with filters, as the corals of the Great Barrier Reef have developed over millions of years," writes the CSIRO in a message. "The new UV filters protect against UVA and UVB Radiation and are translucent and colorless, which means that they can be used for creams and emulsions. ”Scientists at the agency have been busy over the past two years adapting the special coral sunscreen for humans, a total of 48 new ones The agency said the sunscreen filter was developed based on the work of scientists at the marine research institute "AIMS" who have been researching the coral sunscreen filter of the Great Barrier Reef for the past 20 years.
"The molecular structure of the natural coral sunscreen was very complex, but the real challenge was to modify it to protect against both UVA and UVB radiation in one molecule, which makes this filter so unique," explained Dr. Mark York, who carried out the project at CSIRO together with Dr. Jack Ryan leads.
"This is another example of how AIMS researchers are delivering research into the use of Australia's tropical marine resources in an innovative and beneficial way," said Dr. Jamie Oliver, head of research at AIMS.
Effectiveness of the sunscreen with a filter of the coral has to be proven According to the CSIRO, the new sunscreen should be on the market within the next five years.
German scientists are cautious about the results of the Australians. Molecular biologist Beate Volkmer from the Dermatological Prevention Working Group told the dpa news agency that the development sounded interesting, but according to the Australian scientists, it was not yet possible to assess how well sun protection works for humans. It is important to know which part of the light spectrum is blocked by the filter. Percy Lehmann, Director of the Center for Dermatology at the Wuppertal Helios Clinic, also needs further information in order to come to a more detailed assessment. "Further experimental results must be awaited in order to be able to make a well-founded assessment," he told the news agency. (Ag)
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