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martha merrow
University of Groningen, the
Netherlands
Achronobiologistmakessenseof
circadiandysfunctioninillness.
When my grandfather was dying of
cancer, he found himself up most
nights with my grandmother, who
was succumbing to Alzheimer's
disease. A nasty side effect of
some neurodegenerative diseases
is the loss of a regular sleep­wake
cycle. Our circadian biological
clock is manifest in every one of
our cells, which show daily rhythms
in gene expression; cellular clocks
synchronise to become organ
clocks, and these determine the

  

Source: Alvarez, Pedro J. - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University

 

Collections: Environmental Management and Restoration Technologies; Environmental Sciences and Ecology