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Why are vampires so scared of sunlight? This chapter starts by examining the properties of light to see if it could explain why the blood-sucking undead avoid it. Then we go on to explore how some humans have adverse reactions to sunshine. Could this explain how vampire myths originated? There are also clues as to how light can be turned to our medical advantage. Over the course of the last century, light has been combined with certain chemicals to deliberately make cells sensitive to light and thereby destroy them. Could this offer the clue to vampires’ nocturnal life? This chapter examines each theory and finally gets to the truth of why vampires never get a tan.

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