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A search for insomnia genes involving 1.3 million people is the largest genetic study ever

The quest to understand common diseases takes on unprecedented scope.
by Antonio Regalado

In a genetic study of unprecedented size, scientists have searched for inherited causes of insomnia in the DNA 1,310,010 people.

They found 956 different genes linked to the sleep disorder, drawing closer to an explanation of what causes it and, perhaps, to new ways to treat it.

The study appears to be the first gene search to involve DNA collected from more than one million people.


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