9 TONIGHT: Hyperdrive, a new comedy about British exporters who take to outer space to spread the word about the queen, tea and other English stuff, airs on BBC America.
8:30 P.M. SATURDAY: The Secret Show on Nicktoons is about special agents who work for a boss whose name changes every five minutes.
- Scripps Howard
Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital in Boston say they have discovered a cream that might prevent skin cancer by giving the skin a golden glow without sun exposure.
Though tests have been limited to mice and unlike self-tanners that change the color of the skin, this cream alters the skin's pigment similarly to the way the sun produces a suntan, without altering or damaging DNA.
After it was applied for more than a week, some mice were nearly black. The article, which appeared in a recent nature journal article, suggests that the cream might be used to trick lighter skin into acting more like darker skin, which is less prone to skin cancer. The effect on humans, including any side effects, has yet to be determined.
The bottom line: Though this is an exciting development for sun worshippers and shunners alike, much more time and research are necessary to ensure the cream's effectiveness and safety on humans.
In the meantime, wear your sunscreen every day, and get a golden glow from a bottle, not the sun.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Actress Jean Stapleton is 84. Actress Tippi Hedren is 77. Actress Shelley Fabares is 63. Country singer Dolly Parton is 61. Actor Paul McCrane (ER) is 46. Singer Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe is 39. Actor Shawn Wayans is 36.
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