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Nobel Prize Winners Circadian Clocks

Meet the Americans who won the Nobel Prize in medicine

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Three American scientists took home the $1.1 million Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday for discovering the mechanisms of the cellular clock that regulates biological changes in complex organisms.

Since the1980's, Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young have discovered a variety of genetic and cellular mechanisms that keep the circadian clocks of living things consistent with the earth daily rotation.

“Since the seminal discoveries by the three laureates, circadian biology has developed into a vast and highly dynamic research field, with implications for our health and well-being,” the Nobel committee said in its announcement Monday in Stockholm, Sweden.

The winners have raised “awareness of the importance of a proper sleep hygiene,” said Juleen Zierath of the Nobel academy, according to the New York Post.

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