A Direct Connection to Melanocytes

Jan 1, 2007 | Contact Author | By: Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries
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Title: A Direct Connection to Melanocytes
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An academic study of the pathway of UV-induced pigmentation may have created a safe tan for sunseekers. Scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, have begun research and evaluation of the compound forskolin, which they believe darkens skin pigmentation successfully without the use of self-tanners and without sun exposure. David Fisher, MD, PhD, director of the melanoma program in the department of medical oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, led the research in Boston to discover what he hopes to be a safe alternative to UV exposure.

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