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Ultraviolet Radiation: Interaction with Biological Molecules

  • Frederick Urbach
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Part of the Cancer, A Comprehensive Treatise book series (C)

Abstract

Solar radiation is a very important element in our environment and yet, because of its ubiquity, the wide scope of its chemical and biological effects is often not fully appreciated. That solar energy fixation makes life possible is a generally known fact. It is not so generally appreciated that many of the effects of solar radiation are detrimental. Most people are aware that a painful sunburn can be caused by excessive exposure to the sun, and that colors fade and materials age in the sun. There also are more subtle effects of sunlight on living cells, including the production of mutations and the development of skin cancer following sufficient chronic exposure to sunlight.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Urbach
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  1. 1.Temple University School of MedicineSkin and Cancer HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA

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