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Sleepless for science: Flies show link between sleep, immune system in Stanford study

hope their work inspires researchers who work on vertebrates to explore the molecular underpinnings of the interaction between sleep and immunity.

"The cool thing is that many of the clock genes are conserved between flies and vertebrates; we have 'period' and we have 'timeless'," said Schneider. "As usual, it doesn't work in exactly the same way, but what the fly does is let us find genes that are involved in the process, and then go figure out exactly how they are rewired to work in the human. The fly is really good for prospecting."


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Source:Stanford University Medical Center


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