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First Human Circadian Rhythm Gene Identified

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January 15, 2001
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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Researchers exploring the genetic basis of a rare syndrome that causes people to fall asleep and awaken earlier than normal have pinpointed the first human gene that controls circadian rhythm. The finding establishes a link between the human circadian system and that of animal models such as Drosophila, mice and hamsters, say the researchers. It also raises the possibility of treating jet lag, as well as sleep problems in adolescents, the elderly and shift workers.

January 12, 2001 -— Researchers exploring the genetic basis of a rare syndrome that causes people to fall asleep and awaken earlier than normal have pinpointed the first human gene that controls circadian rhythm. The finding establishes a link between the human circadian system and that of animal models such as Drosophila, mice and hamsters, say the researchers. It also raises the possibility of treating jet lag, as well as sleep problems in adolescents, the elderly and shift workers.


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