Re: junk DNA or buffer DNA

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Wed, 18 Mar 1998 14:15:02 -0800 (PST)

> Just increasing the rate of repair is not enough. These bacteria, and may
> others, including some lower eukaryotes, have an enzyme photolyase which
> splits UV-induced photodimers. I don't know why the enzyme isn't present
> in human skin... someone entrepreneurial out there should put photolyase in
> sunscreen.

Or better yet, a retrovirus engineered to insert a gene for making it
into the skin cells. Although after a while, your market would be
limited to newborns...I suppose the guys who manufacture DPT vaccines
and such still make a decent living.

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