Cells that regulate body clock identified
London: British researchers have claimed to
have identified a group of special cells that play an
important role in regulating human body clock, a discovery
that could provide clues to help combat jet lag and other
A team of experts from University of Manchester studied
the special cells which had been thought to be inactive during
the day - but their research found the opposite is true.
"The research will allow a new approach to being able to
tune our daily clock," Professor Hugh Piggins, an expert in
neuroscience at the University, was quoted as saying by the
Piggins also expressed hope that the research will pave
the way to combating sleep disorders triggered by body clock
malfunctions and allow a new approach to being able to tune
our daily clock.
"The traditional model said the clock and the brain
communicated to the rest of the brain via the number of
electrical impulses that the brain cells were producing," he
said, adding, "these impulses would travel around the brain,
telling it what time of day it is."
First Published: Saturday, November 28, 2009, 00:00
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