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Genetic basis of sleep in rodents
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Principles and practice of sleep medicine
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Kryger M.H., Roth T., Dement W.C.
This chapter explores the progress and various approaches toward identifying genes important for an understanding of sleep and sleep-related traits in rodents. Until the functions of sleep are more clearly defined, it may be difficult to uncover the core genetic basis for sleep and the core molecular events that underlie this fundamental behavior in most, if not all, animal species. However, similar to other areas of medicine, an understanding of the underlying genetics will become increasingly important in sleep medicine. At this time, rodents represent the best animal models for such studies, especially the many genetically modified mouse lines that have been created and the mouse strains that form important genetic reference populations for a wide range of biomedical research. Given the similarities in physiology and genetics across eutherian mammals, it is likely that genes influencing sleep ...
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