Nobel Prize: Medicine

Inner timekeeper

Print edition : November 10, 2017

Jeffrey C. Hall joined the faculty at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States, in 1974. In 2002, he became associated with the University of Maine. Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP

Michael Rosbash has been on the faculty at Brandeis University since 1974. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Michael W. Young has been with Rockfeller University in New York since 1978. Photo: SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS

The circadian clock anticipates the different phases of the day and adapts the body to them. The biological clock helps to regulate sleep patterns, feeding behaviour, hormone release, blood pressure and body temperature. Photo: Nobel Prize.Org

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their research that conclusively established that the biological clock is built into the body and that the circadian cycle is not just prompted by reactions to external stimuli.
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