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Waking up is hard to do: Scientists identify a gene important for the daily rhythms of the sleep-wake cycle

Scientists have discovered a new mechanism in the core gears of the circadian clock. They found the loss of a certain gene, dubbed "twenty-four," messes up the rhythm of the common fruit fly's sleep-wake cycle, making it harder for the flies to awaken. The circadian clock drives, among other things, when an organism wakes up and when it sleeps. While the study was done using Drosophila melanogaster, the findings have implications for humans.
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'Alarm clock' gene explains wake-up function of biological clock

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

Ever wondered why you wake up in the morning -- even when the alarm clock isn't making jarring noises? Wonder no more. Researchers have identified a new component of the biological clock, a gene responsible for starting the clock fr... Read Post

Biological Clocks Of Insects Could Lead To More Effective Pest Control

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (5 years ago)

Researchers have discovered that the circadian rhythms or biological "clocks" in some insects can make them far more susceptible to pesticides at some times of the day instead of others.... Read Post

When It Comes To Sleep Research, Fruit Flies And People Make Unlikely Bedfellows

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (5 years ago)

You may never hear fruit flies snore, but rest assured that when you're asleep, they are too. Scientists have shown that sleep/wake cycles of fruit flies and vertebrates are regulated by some of the same "cellular machinery" as huma... Read Post


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