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Why do we sleep? Wash. U. scientist looks to fruit flies

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The new issue of Science, now available

By Robert Frederick, KWMU science reporter

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St. Louis, MO – Why do we sleep?

New research published in Science magazine this week suggests that it's to consolidate memory.

KWMU science reporter Robert Frederick spoke with one of the authors of the paper, Washington University neurobiologist Paul Shaw, about how his research on fruit flies applies to people.

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