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Cornell Univ. Research, Protein for Regulating Circadian Rhythm
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| November 11, 2011
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Research done on the circadian rhythm by Cornell researchers has found more ways for treating jetlag and other serious issues.

Cornell researchers have found a 3-dimensional protein that contributes to regulating circadian rhythm functions in complex organisms such as humans. This protein is called cryptochrome (dCRY). This protein, first found in fruit flies of the Drosophilia species, helps to maintain circadian rhythms by prompting the organism to regulate its metabolism through cues from daylight.

The Cornell study has begun the development of the protein, dCRY. This protein regulates metabolism 24/7. The circadian clock determines the timing of our hunger, our waking up, changes in blood pressure, as well as other important aspects of our day to day living processes. Anything that interferes with out biological clocks give way to fatigue and jet lag, while other more serious and long term consequences could lead to mental illnesses or cancers. The study will appear in the journal Nature on November 13th.

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