Chronobiology --2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Yi Chuan. 2018 Jan 20;40(1):1-11. doi: 10.16288/j.yczz.17-397.


Chronobiology is a field of biology that examines the generation of biological rhythms in various creatures and in many parts of body, and their adaptive fitness to solar- and lunar-related periodic phenomena. The synchronization of internal circadian clocks with external timing signals confers accurate phase response and tissue homeostasis. Herein we state a series of studies on circadian rhythms and introduce the brief history of chronobiology. We also present a detailed timeline of the discoveries on molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythm in Drosophila, which was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The latest findings and new perspectives are further summarized to indicate the significance of circadian research.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chronobiology Discipline*
  • Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
  • Drosophila
  • Humans
  • Medicine
  • Nobel Prize*
  • Physiology