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Few people really want to work at night. It’s dark, it’s lonely and it sets you apart from pretty much everyone else in the world — folks following the sensible schedule of rising in the morning, working during the day and sleeping at night. Oh, and then there’s the problem that a nocturnal schedule places you at greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal illnesses and reproductive problems and, for people whose body clocks are misaligned for many years, higher rates of some cancers.

That’s the bad news. The worse news is that nobody knows really why disrupting the dark-light, sleep-wake cycle should have such an impact on health. Though researchers are unpacking the problem bit by bit, there’s still a lot of hand waving about circadian rhythms and body clocks and who knows what. Now, however, a new paper in the journal Science offers some explanation for…

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