Nobel prize in medicine recognizes research on biological clock

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young for their work on the genetic and cellular mechanisms that govern biological clocks and circadian rhythms, per AP.

"Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth's revolutions," said Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, when he announced the prize.

Why it matters: Hall, Rosbach, and Young's work launched the field of circadian biology. We now understand that when our waking cycle doesn't match our inner clock — think jet-lag — there could be lasting health consequences.