Posts Tagged: circadian rhythm

Why a “biological clock” discovery is worth a Nobel Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to researchers for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms that control circadian rhythm, our biological “clock.” This sleep-wake cycle helps us move between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals, and regulates important functions such as: Behavior Sleep  Mood Immunity  Brain function  Hormone levels  Metabolism Although we’ve long known the circadian rhythm exists, the Nobel laureates isolated the gene that controls it and identified the proteins that govern its cyclical function. The importance of healthy circadian rhythm Humans are similar to other ... Read more