Interview: UNR researcher studying fish sleeping patterns

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Interview: UNR researcher studying fish sleeping patterns

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Pavel Masek

Two adult female Astyanax Mexicanus. (Top) Blind cavefish from the Pachon cave in the Sierra de El Abra region of NE Mexico. (Bottom) The ancestral surface fish that inhabits the surrounding rivers. Both represent a single species despite the visual and behavioral differences.

KUNR visited the fish lab at UNR to learn about research the school is doing on the sleeping patterns of Mexican cave fish in order to better understand human sleeping disorders.

We spoke to Alex Keene, an assistant professor for the biology department who received a $350,000 grant this summer from the National Science Foundation for this project.