Scientists unpick genetic genesis of your dreams

Aug 31, 2018, 8:14 AM EDT
(Source: Kayla Kandzorra/flickr)
(Source: Kayla Kandzorra/flickr)

A team of Japanese scientists has discovered “dream genes,” which appear to play a key role during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the phase of slumber when the brain is active but the body in a state of dormancy.

The discovery and understanding of these genes, called Chrm 1 and Chrm 3, could be crucial in probing the link between poor sleep and psychiatric disorders, and designing a pharmaceutical treatment for both the problems, notes Live Science.

Lead researcher Dr. Hiroki Ueda, from the University of Tokyo, says the breakthrough may shed light on the mysterious state of REM sleep that has remained tantalizingly puzzling for researchers for long, notes The Australian.