Jet lag and night shifts profoundly disrupt gene rhythm

Researchers have found evidence that jet lag causes “profound disruption” to more than 1,000 genes, including many that are normally drawn upon to maintain, repair and protect the body.

The findings might help to explain why people with jet lag feel so miserable, with ailments ranging from nausea and anxiety to stomach complaints and memory problems, scientists said.

Tests found that hundreds of genes whose activity should rise and fall on a daily basis lost their rhythm when people had jet lag, while other genes developed abnormal cycles of their own.

Read the full, original story: Jet lag and night shifts disrupt rhythm of hundreds of genes, study shows

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