06 February 2011

24h body clock - groundbreaking discovery

A group of Cambridge scientists have successfully identified the mechanism that drives our internal 24-hour clock, or circadian rhythm. It occurs not only in human cells, but has also been found in other life forms such as algae, and has been dated back millions of years.

"The implications of this for health are manifold. We already know that disrupted clocks – for example, caused by shift-work and jet-lag – are associated with metabolic disorders such as diabetes, mental health problems and even cancer."

A second study identified a similar 24-hour rhythm in marine algae. This groundbreaking research shows that body clocks are ancient mechanisms that have stayed with us through a billion years of evolution.

Source: Gizmag, Ancient body clock discovered that helps to keep all living things on time

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