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Developing ocean-friendly sunscreens

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Common sunscreens include chemicals and active ingredients that have detrimental effects on coral reefs and other aquatic life. The researchers have identified a set of naturally occurring viruses produced by bacteria that can absorb UV light. These materials are safe, structurally stable, completely biodegradable, inexpensive, and non-toxic to human cells or aquatic bacteria. This project aims to develop this technology for use in novel sunscreens that will protect against skin cancers without damaging oceans and reefs.

Learn more about the Realizing Environmental Innovation Program and other funded projects.

Principal Investigators:

Paul Bollyky (Medicine-Infectious Diseases)

Giulio De Leo (Biology)

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