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Team of three American scientists awarded with the Nobel Prize for Medicine
Posted on: 02-10-2017 , 05:30:PM | DY365 Bureau

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October 2, 2017: Three American scientists namely Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young have been awarded with the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the year 2017 on Monday.

The trio has been recognized together for their discoveries about the body's daily rhythms or the biological clock.
Their work helped illuminate one of the central mysteries of human life: why we need sleep, and how it happens.
They have explained the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms understanding the mysteries of how life tracks time and changes itself according to the movement of the sun.
Circadian rhythms are the ways that the body keeps itself regulated with the passing of the day, and that the process can affect sleep, behaviour, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism. They show why disturbed sleep – like in the case of jet lag, or people with insomnia – can have terrifying knock-on consequences, like an increased risk of various diseases.
Medicine is the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year.
The winners will share a prize of 9m Swedish kronor (825,000), and each will receive a medal engraved with their name.
Last year the prize was won by Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese cell biologist who unpicked the mechanisms by which the body break downs and recycles components of cells – a process that guards against various diseases, including cancer and diabetes.
This year’s winners of the physics, chemistry, literature and peace prizes are scheduled to be announced over the coming days. The economics prize will be announced on Monday 9 October.

 
 

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