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Sci. STKE, 26 September 2006
Vol. 2006, Issue 354, p. tw336
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.3542006tw336]


Neuroscience Social Experience and the Need to Sleep

Peter Stern

Science, AAAS, Cambridge CB2 1LQ, UK

Sleep is widely observed in the animal kingdom and yet we still don’t know why it is beneficial. Studying Drosophila, Ganguly-Fitzgerald et al. developed a strategy for elucidating the mechanisms underlying the need to sleep. They observed that a rich social experience, versus an impoverished one, increased the duration of sleep, which in turn was promoted by processes that underlie learning and memory, such as dopamine and cyclic adenosine monophosphate signaling pathways. Mutations in 17 genes were found to disrupt experience-dependent changes in sleep.

I. Ganguly-Fitzgerald, J. Donlea, P. J. Shaw, Waking experience affects sleep need in Drosophila. Science 313, 1775-1781 (2006). [Abstract] [Full Text]

Citation: P. Stern, Social Experience and the Need to Sleep. Sci. STKE 2006, tw336 (2006).

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