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Genes Associated with Morning and Evening-Like Behavior Identified

May 20, 2015

University of Leicester researchers conducted a study which led to the identification of the genes associated with the human's preference of ‘morningness' and ‘eveningness'. This was done by studying the fruit fly strains. Fruit flies are used due to its similarity with human's circadian clock. Fruit fly strains were separated based on their morning- and evening-like behavior. RNA sequencing was employed with both strains.

RNA sequencing analysis has identified 80 genes associated with fruit fly's preference in morningness and eveningness. Furthermore, most of the identified genes are also present in mammalian genome. These findings will help in better diagnostics and personal medicine suited for humans' morning and evening-like behaviors.

Read full details of the story at University of Leicester's website.