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NRI explains how body's alarm works

world Updated: Oct 01, 2011 01:19 IST

A study led by an Indian-origin scientist has found an explanation to why we wake up each day in the morning even when the alarm clock isn't making jarring noises.

The researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a new component of the biological clock, a gene responsible for starting the clock from its restful state every morning. "The body is essentially a collection of clocks," said Satchindananda Panda, an associate professor in Salk's Regulatory Biology Laboratory, who led the research along with Luciano DiTacchio, a post-doctoral research associate.

The biological clock ramps up our metabolism early each day, initiating important physiological functions that tell our bodies that it's time to rise and shine.