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By Carrie L. Partch
University of California at Santa Cruz 

Nobel winners identified molecular 'cogs' in the biological clocks that control our circadian rhythms

 

October 4, 2017



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(THE CONVERSATION) Circadian rhythms control when we’re at our peak performance physically and mentally each day, keeping our lives ticking in time with Earth’s day/night cycle. This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three American scientists, Jeffrey Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University and Michael Young of Rockefeller University, for shedding light on how time is measured each day in biological systems, including our own bodies.

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