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UCSD researchers describe the inflammatory mechanism of sunburn

  • Posted: July 9, 2012

The biological mechanism of sunburn – the reddish, painful, protective immune response from ultraviolet (UV) radiation – is a consequence of RNA damage to skin cells, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and elsewhere in the July 8, 2012 Advance Online Publication of Nature Medicine. The findings open the way to perhaps eventually blocking the inflammatory process, the scientists said, and have implications for a range of medical conditions and treatments. The University of California, San Diego is home to the Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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