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Each point in these colorful patchworks represents the correlation between two sleep-associated genes in fruit flies. Vibrant reds and oranges represent high and intermediate degrees of association between the genes, respectively. Genes in these areas show similar activity patterns in different fly lines. Cool blues represent gene pairs where one partner's activity is high and the other's is low. The green areas show pairs with activities that are not correlated. These quilt-like depictions help illustrate a recent finding that genes act in teams to influence sleep patterns.

Featured in the March 18, 2009, issue of Biomedical Beat.


Susan Harbison and Trudy Mackay, North Carolina State University

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Susan Harbison and Trudy Mackay, North Carolina State University

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