Chronomics and genetics

F. Halberg, Germaine G Cornelissen-Guillaume, G. Katinas, J. Dušek, P. Homolka, Z. Karpíšek, R. P. Sonkowsky, O. Schwartzkopff, B. Fišer, J. Siegelová

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The mapping of time structures, chronomes, constitutes an endeavor spawned by chronobiology: chronomics. This cartography in time shows signatures on the surface of the earth, cycles, also accumulating in life on the earth's surface. We append a glossary of these and other cycles, the names being coined in the light of approximate cycle length. These findings are transdisciplinary, in view of their broad representation and critical importance in the biosphere. Suggestions of mechanisms are derived from an analytical statistical documentation of characteristics with superposed epochs and superposed cycles and other "remove-and-replace" approaches. These approaches use the spontaneously changing presence or absence of an environmental, cyclic or other factor for the study of any corresponding changes in the biosphere. We illustrate the indispensability of the mapping of rhythm characteristics in broader structures, chronomes, along several or all available different time scales. We present results from a cooperative cartography of about 10, about 20, and about 50-year rhythms in the context of a broad endeavor concerned with the Biosphere and the Cosmos, the BIOCOS project. The participants in this project are our co-authors worldwide, beyond Brno and Minneapolis; the studies of human blood pressure and heart rate around the clock and along the week may provide the evidence for those influences that Mendel sought in meteorology and climatology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-150
Number of pages18
JournalScripta Medica Facultatis Medicae Universitatis Brunensis Masarykianae
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007


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