February 05, 2019
A large-scale analysis of the genomes of 700,000 people has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, and how it links to mental health and disease. The study suggests that the genes associated with being either a morning- of evening-person also link to mental health outcomes, with ‘night owls’ being at higher risk of mental health problems. More research will be required to fully understand the links, although it is hoped this new discovery will lead to improved interventions for those most at risk.
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