Fish that produce their own sunscreen could inspire improved UV protection

Scientists have found that animals such as the zebrafish are able to produce their own UV-protecting chemicals, possibly leading to improved sunscreens for humans (Photo: Shutterstock)

If you happen to be frolicking around in some tropical waters at some point in the future, you may have the marine life circling your feet to thank for keeping your shoulders from roasting. Scientists have uncovered a technique used by zebrafish and various other animals to create their own sunscreen and recreated it in the lab. They say the method could one day be used to produce sunscreen and other pharmaceuticals for humans.

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