Larissa Bright and Dr. Mark York in the lab with a flask of UV filters (Photo: CSIRO)
Trondheim fjord on a quiet day (Photo: Credit Geir Klinkenberg, SINTEF)
Sarcinaxanthin-producing bacteria on agar plates in the laboratory (Photo: Credit Geir Klinkenberg, SINTEF)
Robotic picking and handling of sarcinaxanthin-producing bacteria isolated in Trondheim fjord (Photo: Credit Geir Klinkenberg, SINTEF)
Explanation of how UVA rays affect skin (Image: PROMAR)
Workers harvest sunscreen-producing bacteria from Norway's Trondheim fjord (Photo: Credit Geir Klinkenberg, SINTEF)
The next generation of powerful sunscreens may have their roots in some unlikely sources – corals from the Great Barrier Reef and bacteria found in the Trondheim Fjord in Norway. When developed, these new sunscreens could offer protection across a wider band of ultraviolet (UV) radiation suspected to cause deadly forms of skin cancer, which current sunscreens don't protect against. The discoveries represent huge breakthroughs, made possible by harnessing the natural sunscreen abilities that these life forms have developed over millions of years to survive the harsh UV radiation in their respective environments.
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