【New video clip available!】 New insights into REM sleep crack an enduring mystery
The role and function of REM sleep, the phase where dreams occur, is totally unknown and has been one of the biggest mystery in neuroscience. Yu Hayashi, a junior PI of IIIS, identified a neural circuit in the brain that regulates switching REM/non-REM (NREM) sleep, and developed transgenic mice with manipulable REM sleep, in collaboration with Dr. Shigeyoshi Itohara of RIKEN. They showed that REM sleep controls NREM sleep by inducing delta wave, which is important for the reorganization of neural circuits. This remarkable achievement was published in Science as of October 23, 2015.
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