Science Friday: 5 Science Hacks for Summer | Earth’s daily rotation period encoded in an atomic-level protein structure


Earth’s daily rotation period encoded in an atomic-level protein structure

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A collaborative group of Japanese researchers has demonstrated that the Earth’s daily rotation period (24 hours) is encoded in the KaiC protein at the atomic level, a small, 10 nm-diameter biomolecule expressed in cyanobacterial cells.

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The results of this joint research will help elucidate a longstanding question in chronobiology: How is the circadian period of biological clocks determined? The results will also help understand the basic molecular mechanism of the biological clock. This knowledge might contribute to the development of therapies for disorders associated with abnormal circadian rhythms.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150625145232.htm

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