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Chronobiology

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6954.613 (Published 03 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:613
  1. G Dunea

    This summer I had the opportunity to return to Bratislava for another meeting on chronobiology, the study of biological phenomena as they occur in time and exhibit a rhythm or periodicity. This relatively new discipline brings together students of statistics, mathematics, and even astronomy, as well as physicians concerned with hypertension, preventive medicine and epidemiology, neuroanatomy, sleep, psychiatry, and menstrual cycles. Then there is a further tendency for diverse interests to be brought together by common mechanisms at the cellular level. Here ionic fluxes, kinases, and transporting proteins give rise to innate rhythms, best exemplified by the contracting myocytes of the heart or the neurones controlling sleep. Such rhythms, moreover, can be further modulated by …

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