Recent advances in understanding the genetics of sleep

Paul Franken, Maxime Jan, Bruce F. O'Hara

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Sleep is a ubiquitous and complex behavior in both its manifestation and regulation. Despite its essential role in maintaining optimal performance, health, and well-being, the genetic mechanisms underlying sleep remain poorly understood. Here, we review the forward genetic approaches undertaken in the last four years to elucidate the genes and gene pathways affecting sleep and its regulation. Despite an increasing number of studies and mining large databases, a coherent picture on 'sleep' genes has yet to emerge. We highlight the results achieved by using unbiased genetic screens mainly in humans, mice, and fruit flies with an emphasis on normal sleep and make reference to lessons learned from the circadian field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214
StatePublished - 2020

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© 2020 Jan M et al.


  • Forward genetics
  • GRP
  • GWAS
  • Genetic Screen
  • Genetics
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology (all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (all)


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