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The UVB rays lay waste to basal cells, one type of cell that divides to produce new skin.
These media-sponsored surveys often lay waste to all the methodologies and questionnaire-construction techniques that can make public opinion polls (when used responsibly and in the right set of circumstances) an accurate barometer of public attitudes.
She said: "These figures lay waste to the argument at Westminster that people need to get on the bus to find a job.
As the old system was designed to lay waste to Russia, one of our new best friends, we can save a fortune on a Trident replacement and still have the "comfort" of a deadly nuclear shield if needed.
DAVID Cameron had the cheek to tell the country to grow up yesterday after he revealed his plans to lay waste to the NHS.
Wayne may now be earning pounds 250,000 a week and Coleen may be able to lay waste to the designer boutiques of the north-west of England, but there is no misery that compares to being on holiday with someone you really don't want to be on holiday with.
Now, it seems, they are the only defence against bloodthirsty slavering foxes ready to lay waste to the countryside.