Boredom and the Urge to Sleep: The Link Explained

By: Meenu Johnkutty ’21 If you have ever felt the strong impulse to sleep during a boring lecture or movie, researchers from the University of Tsukuba in Japan can explain why. In their study, published in Nature, the researchers led by Yo Oishi implicated a region of the brain called the nucleus accumbens in the onset of slow wave sleep. The nucleus accumbens is a … Continue reading Boredom and the Urge to Sleep: The Link Explained

Figure 1. 3D render of the characteristic double helix structure of DNA. Although genes can now be easily identified and sequenced, knowledge of how nucleus structure affects gene regulation remain incomplete.

An Alternative Method to Understanding Nucleus Structure and Gene Expression

Gene Yang ‘19 Rapid growth of DNA sequencing technology in recent years has led to a wealth of data and the ability to easily identify genes and regulatory regions. However, our understanding of gene expression control, especially through long distances of several kilobases or megabases, remains limited.  As a result, the 4D Nucleome Project, an ongoing research initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health … Continue reading An Alternative Method to Understanding Nucleus Structure and Gene Expression