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Lifeguards brandish their white-streaked noses like badges of honor, but the same sunscreen ingredient designed to protect us from skin cancer could in fact be leaving us more vulnerable than before, according to a study from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Cell-toxicity studies by Yinfa Ma, a professor of chemistry, and graduate student Qingbo Yang suggest that zinc oxide—or at least its nano-sized counterpart—undergoes a chemical reaction in the presence of sunlight. The result? Unstable molecules known as free radicals that can ravage other cells and any embedded genetic material within.


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