Thus reports The Scientist:
Researchers from three different labs have identified a new circadian gene in the mouse, according to two papers in Science and one paper in Cell published online this week. Mutagenesis screens revealed that mutations in a protein called FBXL3 lengthen the mouse circadian period by several hours, and biochemical analyses showed that FBXL3 is necessary for degradation of key circadian clock proteins.
I’ll probably have something more to say once I get hold of the actual papers.
In a perfect world, the three groups would have done Open Notebook science, found each other, collaborated, minimized waste of parallel work, and ended with a kick-ass monster paper in PLoS-Biology that would get cited hundreds of times within a year. Ah well….