PDF | On Oct 15, , I.N. Karatsoreos and others published Chronobiology: Biological Timekeeping. DeCoursey sets the stage by reviewing the origin of human timekeeping and the emergence of chronobiology as a discipline in the last century. Chronobiology: Biological Timekeeping. Jay C. Dunlap, Jennifer J. Loros, and Patricia J. DeCoursey, eds. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland.

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No eBook available Amazon. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. He has co-edited 16 books in chronobioloy and published over articles on the genetics and the molecular biology of circadian systems. She serves as Associate Editor for the journal Genetics and is on the advisory board for the Journal of Biological Rhythms.

Account Options Sign in. Parallel to the familiar spatial cellular structure of living cells, temporal, or time, organization is a vital part of the survival and normal My library Help Advanced Book Search. DunlapJennifer J.

Chronobiology: Biological Timekeeping

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The study of how solar- and lunar-related rhythms are governed by living pacemakers within organisms constitutes the scientific discipline of chronobiology. Parallel to the familiar spatial cellular structure of living cells, temporal, or time, organization is a vital part of the survival and normal functioning of every species.


Chronobiology: biological timekeeping.

Adaptations evolved by organisms to cope with regular geophysical cycles in their environment are evident in nearly every aspect of their lives. In fact, biological timekeeping is a core property of life on a revolving planet. Few fields encompass the breadth of science that is associated with chronobiology. Chronobiologists are at the cutting edge of fields ranging from microbial genetics to ethology to treatment of human psychiatric illnesses.

Recognizing that no individual could do justice to the field in writing a comprehensive text, a group of editors with a wide range of experience has collaborated to produce Chronobiology.

Chapters have been planned and written by the editors and by teams of specialists. The text begins with a general introduction to the formalisms and vocabulary that describe circadian rhythmicity.

The behavioral and ecological importance of rhythms is introduced, followed by discussion of the theoretical bases of the fundamental properties that define a circadian rhythm. Circannual rhythms and photoperiodic responses in plants and animals are examined next.


A central block of four chapters develops the comparative anatomy, physiology, genetics, and molecular biology of organisms with circadian clocks. Examples at all levels of organization are drawn from the real world and from current and classic research.

A pair of chapters then develops the basic circadian organization of human beings and the relevance of circadian biology to human welfare. A final chapter looks to the future by exploring six cutting-edge areas of research. The book’s highly readable style reduces technical terminol. Other editions – View all Biologicla Biological Timekeeping Jay C. DeCoursey No preview available –