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Advancements in Research

Gene Identified That Helps Fruit Flies Go to Sleep

In experiments sparked by fruit flies that couldn’t sleep, researchers say they have identified a mutant gene — dubbed “Wide Awake” — that sabotages how the biological clock sets the timing for sleep. The finding also led them to the protein that promotes sleep early in the night and properly regulates sleep cycles.

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Eye on Biomedical Discovery

Out of the Box: Building Stronger Brain Connections

Watch neuroscientist Mollie Meffert detail a new discovery explaining how brain cells use microRNAs to grow new connections, talk to each other, and store memories.

 
 
 
 

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