News | News By Subject | News by Disease News By Date | Search News
Get Our FREE
Industry eNewsletter
email:    
   

Hippo Sweat: Next Best-Selling Sunscreen?



10/19/2005 5:11:32 PM

The really clever thing about hippos is that they produce their own sunscreen, in the form of a sticky reddish sweat. Now, a team from Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan, has explained the chemistry of this special substance It has told Nature magazine the oily secretion is made up of two unstable pigments - one red, the other orange. The red pigment also has antibacterial properties, which work to protect the hippo from certain pathogens and accelerate its recovery from wounds.

Read at New Scientist
Read at BBC News
Read at WebMD


comments powered by Disqus
   

ADD TO DEL.ICIO.US    ADD TO DIGG    ADD TO FURL    ADD TO STUMBLEUPON    ADD TO TECHNORATI FAVORITES