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Aug 16, 2011

Sunscreen + Caffeine = Skin Cancer Killer?

Caffeine has previously been correlated with a reduced risk of cancer. But the latest research-aided theory coming out of Rutgers University is that putting caffeine intosunscreen will reduce that risk even more.

The Guardian UK says that when combined with sunscreen, caffeine, which inhibits a gene crucial to melanoma growth, will actually promote the death of cells damaged by UV rays.
Allan Conney of the department of chemical biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey wanted to find the specific molecular mechanisms behind it. He suspected that the response might involve a gene called ATR, which is suppressed when caffeine molecules are around. This suppression encourages the death of DNA-damaged cells.
Conney tested the idea by creating genetically modified mice whose ATR genes were deficient and exposing them to ultraviolet light until they developed skin cancer. After 19 weeks of UV exposure, he found that these mice developed 69% fewer tumours than those that had fully functioning ATR genes. In addition, tumours in the GM mice developed three weeks later than in standard mice.






10 comments:

Equalz said...

Guess ill have to re-evaluate my no coffee policy.

GMSoccerPicks said...

I can safely say i didnt see that coming.

NameBrands said...

*buys stock in starbucks*

xxmugenxx said...

I need to drink more coffee haha

Mochileiro said...

Caffeine: ok
Snscreen: nops

Electric Addict said...

don't know if i believe it.

Chris Hashemi said...

*takes a sip of green tea* Good! :)

Jammer said...

haha if something is good, more must be better.

fatbloodyfinger said...

Mocha-flavored lickable sunscreen. I called it.

Reilly said...

*off to Starbucks*