Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing

Rhythms of Life: The Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing

by Russell G. Foster, Leon Kreitzman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300109696
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/10/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 521,137
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Russell Foster is professor of molecular neuroscience at Imperial College, London, and is a leading expert on chronobiology. Leon Kreitzman, a writer and broadcaster, is the author of The 24 Hour Society.

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgementsxi
Introduction1
1The day within and the day without10
2Telling time22
3Oscillators, clocks and hourglasses32
4The challenge of daily change49
5The search for the clock60
6Light on the clock82
7The molecular clock: protein 'tick' and RNA 'tock'97
8A few species and many clocks121
9The changing seasons131
10Clockwork evolution157
11Sleep and performance177
12SAD shifts201
13Time to take your medicine212
14Future times: Uchronia or Dyschronia232
Glossary of common terms244
Appendix IRhythms in humans248
Appendix IICoping with jet-lag249
References255
Index270

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