Circadian rhythms―cyclic responses synchronized to the period of the day―are a fundamental aspect of behavior in humans and all other animals.
The research has direct implications for the treatment of human disorders. Several hereditary sleep disorders, for example, map to human homologs of the fly period gene, providing a basis for the development of treatments of sleep and rhythm disorders.
"Having all this fun―doing science and (very occasionally) doing something important―is its own reward," said Rosbash. "I also had the pleasure of collaborating with my friend and colleague Jeff Hall and for more than two decades. So it is an unexpected surprise to be recognized with this honor. It is also humbling to be in the company of the marvelous scientists who have received the Horwitz Prize before us." [MORE]