A Clockwork Uncovered

Revealing the mechanism of the oldest biological clock on earth

A team of Dutch and German researchers under the leadership of Albert Heck and Friedrich Förster from Utrecht University has discovered the operation of one of the oldest biological clocks in the world, which is crucial for life on earth as we know it. The researchers applied a new combination of cutting-edge research techniques. They discovered how the biological clock in cyanobacteria works in detail. Important to understand life, because cyanobacteria were the first organisms on earth producing oxygen via photosynthesis. The results of their research were published in Science.

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Hecklab, Utrecht University


Director I: Jesse van der Mark
Director II: Rense Buijvoets
Producer: Jesse van der Mark
Animator: David Torrico
Sound design: Maarten Westra - Dither