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Cool Science Radio - Jen Schwartz, Scientific American on The Clocks Within Our Cells



Jen Schwartz, the Senior Editor for Scientific American, joins Lynn and John.  In the July edition of the magazine, an article appeared called The Clocks Within Our Cells: How the Body’s Cycles Went From Folk Medicine to Modern Science. There’s a fascinating connection between our biology and time. Let’s call it the body clock. The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to three circadian clock researchers who discovered a central clock protein that builds up in cells during the night, breaks down during the day and acts as a kind of crankshaft for the whole machine. The findings of circadian clock researchers imply that on the level of the organism, there is a good time and a bad time to do anything, even take Tylenol, for example.