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Sleep Disorders

13 October 2008

Gene mutation linked to narcolepsy

Scientists have identified a genetic mutation linked to narcolepsy, a disease that can cause someone to doze off in mid-sentence or behind the wheel of a car, a study reports.

Scientists in Japan have identified a genetic mutation linked to narcolepsy, a disease that can cause someone to doze off in mid-sentence or behind the wheel of a car, a study reports.

Genetic variant common in Koreans
The statistical link was strongest among Japanese, but remained significant among Europeans and persons of African descent as well. The study also showed that the suspect genetic variant - known as rs57770917 - is common among Koreans.

Nature Genetics, part of the British-based Nature Publishing Group. – (Sapa, October 2008)

 

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