The Seven Stones

New feedback loop in Arabidopsis circadian clock

By James CW Locke, California Institute of Technology A new Science paper from the lab of Alex Webb (Dodd et al, Science, 2007) represents an important step forward in plant circadian research (read also commentary by Imaizumi et al, Science, 2007). The circadian (24 h) clock controls processes throughout the day and night in most organisms, and in plants is involved in multiple pathways including photosynthesis, leaf movement and floral opening. The circadian clock has evolved to consist of multiple interlocking transcriptional feedback loops (at least in eukaryotes), which generate the 24 h rhythm even under constant environmental conditions. Using 


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