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How does circadian rhythm affect our lives?

October 16, 2017

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 13th October 2017, written by the Oxford Reference marketing team.

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'The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to American biologists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of the molecular mechanisms that control circadian rhythm in organisms. Their work began in the 1980s with the study of fruit flies, from which they were able to identify the proteins that controlled the flies’ daily biological rhythms. Though flies and humans are vastly different, based on the Nobel laureates’ findings, it is now determined that the circadian rhythm of multi-cellular organisms function in similar ways. Circadian rhythm contains organisms’ “biological clocks” and is the self-sustaining system that provides organization to biological processes. It allows for animal, plant, and human life to prosper...'

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