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Biology and full moon nights

Posted by isabelaz on 15 May 2009 at 17:26 GMT

It seems there is no end to nature complexity!
This description of interactions between blue light, cryptochrome - a photoreceptor involved in biological clocks, and magnetic field, beyond the amazing talk between so different physical entities, speaks for the crucial importance of time in biology. The fact that magnetosensitivity of cryptochrome depends on blue light is compatible with the hypothesis of special sensitivities in full moon nights [1]. Amazing!

1. Levy O, Appelbaum L, Leggat W, Gothlif Y, Hayward DC, et al (2007) Light-responsive cryptochromes from a simple multicellular animal, the coral Acropora millepora. Science 318: 467-470.

Isabel Azevedo
Depart Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto

No competing interests declared.