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Two Brandeis Scientists Shed Light On The First Photoreceptor Known To Set Circadian Rhythms

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November 24, 1998
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For the first time, scientists have identified a protein that uses natural light to set circadian rhythms -- and the protein, found in species ranging from microbes to fruit flies to humans, isn't one that most researchers had expected to play a role in programming organisms' internal clockwork.

WALTHAM, Mass. -- For the first time, scientists have identified a protein that uses natural light to set circadian rhythms -- and the protein, found in species ranging from microbes to fruit flies to humans, isn't one that most researchers had expected to play a role in programming organisms' internal clockwork. The findings, reported by Brandeis University biologists Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall in this week's issue of the journal Cell, answer a key question about circadian rhythms by pinpointing the first molecular window through which external light can reset internal biological clocks.


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