Medical implant increases UV resistance
Australian-based biotech company Clinuvel is testing a medical implant the size of a grain of rice, that will increase the patient’s resistance to harmful UV rays. The device is being developed as a treatment for various skin conditions including polymorphous light eruption (PLE) or sun poisoning and actinic keratosis (AK), a skin cancer precursor. Users of this technology will also get a sun-free tan for a few months as a side effect.
Although the problem of ozone depletion has been addressed and is being dealt with, a large hole still remains in the ozone and ozone destruction is still taking place. This results in increased harmful UV radiation reaching the surface, and burning our skin. Another Australian company is developing a treatment for some types of skin cancer, but prevention is always preferable to treatment. The tanning implant could be used to give people the summertime tan they desire, without having to spend hours in the sun exposed to UV radiation, or using UV tanning beds. In addition to the medical and cosmetic applications, this technology may also become needed for normal skin treatment to provide protection from increased UV exposure.