The mysteries of narcolepsy revealed

La narcolepsie est un trouble rare du sommeil, marqué par une grande somnolence pendant la journée et une difficulté à rester éveillé.

Posted Sep 30, 2022 3:51 PMUpdated on Sep 30, 2022 at 3:59 PM

At first glance, Watson is a dog like any other. A brave Chihuahua who loves nothing better than a good game of play or a chicken-flavored treat. Unfortunately for him, it was in those moments of excitement that suddenly it can collapse.

Because Watson is a narcoleptic dog. “We adopted him in 2014, it was a veterinarian who contacted us,” recalls Emmanuel Mignot. Before him, the French researcher already had another narcoleptic dog as a companion, a schipperke named Bear. It was by studying them for years – as well as other canine subjects held by Stanford University – that Emmanuel Mignot finally found the cause of narcolepsy. A discovery that has earned him today to be awarded a major American prize, the Breakthrough Prize, alongside Japanese Masashi Yanagisawa, who came to similar conclusions at the same time.


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