Biological Clocks, on Arrival

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The biological clock is a fascinating example of how genomes, in cells, build organisms. Its 24-hour rhythms adjust the daily lives of plants (and humans) in ways that we now understand. My research represented that understanding in mathematical models, which explain and predict the effects of the clock in the lab model plant, Arabidopsis, quantitatively linking a mutant clock genotype to its phenotypes. This is one of many examples that suggest Chronobiology has Arrived, in the sense that “The Economics of Arrival” (Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams, 2019) argues that developed economies have Arrived: we have enough, we should now work differently. Simultaneously, the nature and climate crises demand very widespread, new research efforts, to stop damaging our environment and to build a circular bio-economy. Recognising Arrival in our science offers researchers, research communities and research institutions a positive reason to reconsider their focus, and hence an opportunity to respond to those external drivers. BioClocks UK is a new organisation for chronobiology researchers, partly addressing the needs of a community that has Arrived.
Period11 Mar 2024
Event titleERATO UK-Japan joint symposium on Circadian Rhythms and Sleep
Event typeConference
LocationOxford, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


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