The Study of Biological Rhythms


How could you tell if a person is alive or dead? Chances are that your answer will depend upon the presence or absence of a rhythm, the beating of the heart. Biological rhythms are inherent to life itself and can be detected by all the senses. We can see them, hear them, feel them, smell them, and we may even taste evidence of them (Figure 1.1). Perhaps the sense of time itself could be considered a sixth sense. In many ways we can sense how long a time has elapsed since some occurrence was last noted, as well as the time of day, time of month, and time of year from cues all around us (Hering, 1940; Binkley, 1990). Life moves in synchrony to the beat of clocks and calendars, some outside the body and some within the very cells of all living things. Rhythms are among the common strands from which the web of life itself is spun.


Circadian Rhythm Allergy Clin Immunol Biological Rhythm Euglena Gracilis Peptic Ulcer Perforation 
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