News tagged with melanin

Video: The world's most unavoidable carcinogen

When we go outside, we expose ourselves to the most common carcinogen of all: ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight. Most of us know we should apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but some of us forget and suffer a flaky, irritated ...

dateJul 26, 2016 in Other
shares4 comments 0

Formation of the browning pigment melanin decoded

Melanin is a pigment which is present in almost all life forms and that determines hair and skin color in humans. It helps insects protect themselves against the effects of pathogenic microorganisms and it promotes tissue ...

dateJul 04, 2016 in Biochemistry
shares9 comments 0

A fossilized snake shows its true colors

Ten million years ago, a green and black snake lay coiled in the Spanish undergrowth. Once, paleontologists would have been limited to the knowledge they could glean from its colorless fossil remains, but now they know what ...

dateMar 31, 2016 in Archaeology & Fossils
shares104 comments 0