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A jet lag cure could soon be on the horizon as scientists in Japan have developed a new molecule that modifies the circadian rhythm.
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This biological clock is managed by four master proteins: CLOCK, BMAL1, PER and CRY.
This circle of creation and destruction is what regulates our bodies.
What the researchers were able to do is modify a molecule called KL001 into preventing the degradation of CRY, thus shortening the circadian cycle.
By effectively tailor making molecules which can adjust our own body clocks the scientists hope that treatments can eventually be synthesised which will help our bodies adapt far quicker to disruptive influences like starting a night-shift pattern or flying a considerable distance.
Back in 2013 scientists were able to adjust the body clocks of mice by identifying certain parts of the brain which directly control our physical reactions to the body clock.