Homage to Franz Halberg on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of His Birth (pp. 293-294)
Authors: K. Otsuka, L. A. Beaty, and G. Cornelissen
Abstract: On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate the life and work of Franz Halberg (1919-2013), who introduced chronobiology as a discipline in its own right more than half a century ago. Chronobiology is an indispensable tool, needed to resolve the rules of intermodulations of rhythms and other elements of time structure within organisms, and how they are influenced by the environment. While a genetic basis of circadian rhythms is no longer disputed, Franz considered the possibility that in the course of evolution, organisms may also have coded in their genes many other cycles present in their proximal and distal environment. Coperiodisms, periodicities shared by organisms and their environment, are part of a broad chronousphere [1-5], which Franz eloquently narrated in the following poem.
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