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I have had a gutsful of Blogspot.

I am moving They Say it’s in the Genes to WP

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Unfortunately, the theme Jeans that I used for the original blog has decided not to show the graphics, again. Unfortunately that this theme is not available for WP, so the play on words Genes/Jeans has gone.

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It may take a couple of weeks to get this place sorted, widgets in place and old posts copied over.

I ask your indulgence.

AV

 

Liking a lie-in in people’s genes

People who like a lie-in may now have an excuse – it is at least partly down to their genes, according to experts.

Experts, who studied more than 10,000 people across Europe, found those with the gene ABCC9 need around 30 minutes more sleep per night than those without the gene.

The gene is carried by one in five Europeans, they say in their study, published in Molecular Psychiatry.

The researchers said the finding could help explain “sleep behaviour”.
Over 10,000 people took part, each reporting how long they slept and providing a blood sample for DNA analysis.

People’s sleep needs can differ significantly.
At the extreme, Margaret Thatcher managed on four hours of sleep a night while Albert Einstein needed 11.

Fruit flies
 
People from the Orkney Isles, Croatia, the Netherlands, Italy, Estonia and Germany took part in the study.

All were asked about their sleep patterns on “free” days, when people did not need to get up for work the next day, take sleeping pills or work shifts.

When the researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich compared these figures with the results of the genetic analysis, they found those with a variation of a gene known as ABCC9 needed more sleep than the eight-hour average.

They then looked at how the gene works in fruit flies, who also have it and found flies without ABCC9 slept for three hours less than normal.

The gene ABCC9 is involved in sensing energy levels of cells in the body.
They say this opens up a new line of research in sleep studies, and it is hoped that future work could establish exactly how this gene variant regulates how long people sleep for.

Dr Jim Wilson, from the University of Edinburgh’s centre for population health sciences, said: “Humans sleep for approximately one-third of their lifetime.”

A tendency to sleep for longer or shorter periods often runs in families despite the fact that the amount of sleep people need can be influenced by age, latitude, season and circadian rhythms.

Source: BBC News Read more

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See, it’s all in the genes…

Opening Blurb

Now that I am here, I’m not sure.

This blog was a great blog originally, before Google made my previous account ‘disappear.’ There was never any reason given, nor even the courtesy of a reply.

Quite frankly, Google are a pack of ignorant bastards.

But I am here, why?

I moved all my serious blogs to WordPress, because I no longer have faith in anything ‘Google.’

But I came back, why?

There is no free blogger platform that is better. WordPress and the rest are stone age basic unless you want to pay. They are primitive, limited and cumbersome.

Plus, unless I pay, and become an expert at understanding WordPress and it’s intricacies, I can’t have nice templates like ‘my jeans.’ I love this template, and it is so appropriate for this blog. The play on words, jeans/genes, what both contain and makes us human.

I had to come back.

If you were here before, welcome back, if you are here for the first time, welcome.

It will be some time before I am back into the swing of things, patience, I hope to make the wait worthwhile.