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A Cure for Skin Color

What if there were a "cure" for skin color? It would be wildly controversial, right? Pundits would fill op-ed pages with analogies to X-Men 3: The Last Stand and occasional Mengele references. Unless, of course, the treatment were designed to cure people like me. National Geographic News reports on research that turns the fair-skinned authentically tan--at least if the fair-skinned are mice. Science writer Mason Inman says, "The tanning also protected the mice from UV radiation, and the level of protection made the tanned mice 'indistinguishable from genetically black-skinned mice,' [cancer researcher Dave] Fisher said."

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