“White nights” and mutants

While many know I’m a bit of a “sport,” my mutant status also accounts for my insomnia.  At least that’s what it appears according to this study highlighted in the New Scientist on-line (here).  From the opening:

Talk about an all-nighter. Flies with a single genetic mutation sleep 80% less than normal flies, and some get by with no shut-eye at all.  The mutation – in a gene that controls how brain cells fire and now dubbed Sleepless – suggests that, at the most basic level, sleep is caused by a slowdown in certain neurons.

Hat tip: Josh Hill at The Daily Galaxy (here)

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