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Thief of Time

A bee with a miniaturised transponder attached to its thorax

A bee with a miniaturised transponder attached to its thorax to enable monitoring of its flight after anaesthesia.

By Guy Warman, Craig Millar & James Cheeseman

General anaesthesia alters our perception of time by shifting the expression of clock genes to a new time zone, leading to chemically induced jet lag.

Guy Warman is a senior lecturer and James Cheeseman a lecturer in the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland. Craig Millar is a senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. Eva Winnebeck, Randolf Menzel and Jamie Sleigh were major contributors and authors of this research, which was funded by a Marsden Grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand and by the University of Auckland, and published in Proceeedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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