Most aspects of variation in sleep and circadian rhythm are heritable. Moreover, all common sleep disorders aggregate in families. The response to sleep loss is also a highly heritable trait. Identifying gene variants for these disorders will elaborate new molecular pathways that could be targets for future interventions.
What are the genetic variants influencing complex heart, lung, blood, and sleep traits and diseases in Asian American subgroups?
Variants of unknown significance (VUS) confound the value of genetic testing. We need to improve our understanding of the clinical significance of VUS so we can more definitively re-classify them as pathologic or benign variants.