The 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded on Monday morning to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young for their discoveries of the molecular underpinnings of the circadian rhythms that help organisms adapt to our 24-hour days.

The scientists “were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings,” said Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, who announced the prize in Stockholm. “Their discoveries explain how plants, animals, and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions.”

Hall, of Brandeis University; Rosbash, also of Brandeis; and Young, of Rockefeller University, will share a prize of 9 million Swedish krona, or about $1.1 million.

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