Those clever scientists have found the markers that control the internal 24-hour clock that keeps your body rhythms intact… and give you jet lag.
Originally believed to be gene-controlled, this internal clockwork was found in red blood cells, which contain no DNA. Perhaps this will lead to a breakthrough in jet lag treatment, which is currently stuck in the double-gin-and-tonic era.
“The implications of this for health are manifold. We already know that disrupted clocks – for example, caused by shift-work and jet-lag – are associated with metabolic disorders such as diabetes, mental health problems and even cancer. By furthering our knowledge of how the 24-hour clock in cells works, we hope that the links to these disorders – and others – will be made clearer. This will, in the longer term, lead to new therapies that we couldnt even have thought about a couple of years ago.”