Apr
27
2007

I love the nightlife, I got to boogie

All night long: Scientists have found a gene that leads to increased nighttime activity. Photo by paperocks a.k.a. evalinda at flickr.com.
All night long: Scientists have found a gene that leads to increased nighttime activity. Photo by paperocks a.k.a. evalinda at flickr.com.

Scientists in England have discovered a gene which regulates the internal body clock of mice. Mice with a particular mutation of the gene operated on a 27-hour cycle, rather than a 24-hour cycle, and thus stayed active later into the night. A similar gene in humans could help explain why some people are night owls while others are early birds. And research into this gene may lead to new treatments for sleep disorders.

No word on whether the gene makes you want to boogie-oogie-oogie till you just can’t boogie no more…

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lmoran says:

Reminds of when I was vacationing in Alaska - it was at the time of year where there is daylight for at least 18 hours of the day. I believe the sunlight has some effect on your 'clock' since we could be up all day and half the night, when it was still 'daylight' outside and we didn't even feel tired. We'd then catch a few hours sleep and then get up and spend most of the next day busy doing activities and fun things. A person could get a lot done in one day if we had so much daylight all the time.

posted on Mon, 10/20/2008 - 8:31pm

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