Small molecules change biological clock rhythm

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 10:00 in Biology & Nature

Our biological clock regulates various daily rhythms, such as sleep/wake rhythm, body temperature, and metabolism. Disruption of the circadian rhythm may lead to sleep disorders, cancer and other diseases. Chemists and biologists have come together to discover for the first time, a rhythm-changing molecule with period-shortening activities that targets the clock protein, CRY, which open doors to molecule-based solutions for circadian-related diseases and improving food production in animals.

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