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Genetic Consequences of Sacrificing Sleep

Imagine a future in which sleep has been made obsolete. It may be improbable, but it is not necessarily impossible. A lack of adequate sleep can cause a host of health issues, as illustrated by a recent study showing that just a week of shortened sleep alters theexpression of more than 700 genes, including those involved in stress and immuneresponses. Still, if researchers are able to uncover all of the physiological changes that occur as a result of sleep deprivation, they could, theoretically, develop a drug to counter these effects and thereby eliminate the need for sleep. More… Discuss