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2017 Medicine Nobel Prize for work on biological clocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young awarded for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling our biological clocks

 

                         Three Americans won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their discoveries about the body's daily rhythms, opening up whole new fields of research and raising awareness about the importance of getting proper sleep.

 

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young won the 9-million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize for isolating a gene that controls the body’s normal daily biological rhythm. Circadian rhythms adapt the workings of the body to different phases of the day, influencing sleep, behavior, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism.

 

They "were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings," the Nobel citation said. Mr. Rosbash is on the faculty at Brandeis University, Mr. Young is at Rockefeller University and Mr. Hall has been associated with the University of Maine. The winners have raised "awareness of the importance of a proper sleep hygiene," said Juleen Zierath of the Nobel academy.