Insomnia genes found

12 June 2017

Nature Genetics reports how an international team of scientists identified 7 risk genes for insomnia. Because of this finding, scientist have taken an important step in unravelling the biological mechanisms that cause sleeplessness. The discovery also shows that insomnia is not purely a psychological disorder, which is often claimed.

Insomnia is one of the most common health complaint. Even after treatment, poor sleep remains a persistent vulnerability. By having determined the risk genes for insomnia, Danielle Posthuma (VU and VUmc) and Eus Van Someren (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, VU and VUmc) have come a great deal closer to fulfilling a long-cherished dream: unravelling the biological mechanisms underlying this predisposition.

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The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The NIN carries out fundamental and strategic research in the neurosciences with an emphasis on research of the brain and the visual system.

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