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Drosophila melanogasterImage via Wikipedia Skimming the abstracts in BMC, I was surprised to find that a fruit fly logs a slothful 8-14 hours of sleep per day! Douglas and colleagues in their paper, “Sleep in Kcna2 knockout mice” show that the mouse ortholog of the Drosophila mutation, Shaker (an alpha subunit of a voltage activated potassium channel) that disrupts normal fly sleep, also keeps mice awake at night.

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