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Randy Atkins: Our bodies react to sun rays by producing a short-lived hormone.
Victor Hruby: It stimulates the synthesis of melanin, which is this pigment that causes your skin to darken.
Randy Atkins: Vic Hruby, a University of Arizona chemistry professor, says that tan is a protective response. But it comes too late to prevent potentially cancer-causing damage. So Hruby set out to give people a tan before they go out in the sun…by engineering a longer-lasting version of the natural hormone.
Victor Hruby: We started to look at the chemical modifications we could make, and still maintain the biological function.
Randy Atkins: A rice-size skin implant with Hruby's hormone is in final stages of clinical trials. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.