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Hot and heavy: Protein turns sun into sex drive, Israeli study finds

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25.08.2021

Israeli researchers say that they have found the scientific reason behind summer loving, documenting a complex process that happens when sun hits the skin and boosts sex drive.

A team from Tel Aviv University is suggesting that the very same protein in the skin cells that protects DNA from being damaged by sunlight — p53 — causes hormonal, physiological and behavioral changes that trigger sex in animals and seemingly also get humans in the mood for love.

“Our lab studies skin cancer, and we accidentally started looking into how rays from the sun affect this protein and how in turn it impacts on sexual desire,” Prof. Carmit Levy, of the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, told The Times of Israel. “There are many different proteins that we observed changing in the blood after exposure to sunlight that are related to passion.”

The findings have been peer-reviewed and published as a cover story in the scientific journal Cell Reports.

Levy said that her research could lead eventually to therapies that assess p53 levels and, based on where they stand, administer specific amounts of ultraviolet radiation type B (UVB), mimicking sunlight, to impact........

© The Times of Israel


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