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Access to the article is free, a year after publication, registration and sign-in are required. Those of us who envy short sleepers would like to reduce sleep duration to the minimum necessary for normal functioning, but do we know what this minimum is? Short sleepers are found in families, as are long sleepers, which suggests a genetic basis for sleep duration. He et al. add new evidence by showing that a mutation in a transcriptional factor, DEC2, is associated with short sleep in humans and mice.

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      mammalian circadian clock,NSDL,NSDL_SetSpec_BEN,sleep homeostasis,sleep genes,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110722022521739T,sleep-wake cycle,circadian rythms,DEC2

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