Snail venom to help you get some zzz’s?

Snail venom to help you get some zzz’s?

Cone snails are extremely venomous, but researchers are trying to tap into the power behind their toxins for the benefit of human medicine. And new research has shown that a compound isolated from cone snails has had a ‘sandman’ effect in the laboratory: it puts mice to sleep! When injected into mice, this toxin put […]

Mutant sleepy flies

Mutant sleepy flies

Sleep deprived mutant flies. Sounds a little like a sci-fi horror movie from the 1950s, right? In fact, they’re very real! Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Pennsylvania, have identified a type of fruit fly with a genetic mutation that results in the flies being chronically sleep deprived. They identified this type by evaluating […]