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Caption: This image shows an X-ray computed-tomography image of the chicken embryo skeleton inside an egg, which shows the developmental stage, together with a positron emission tomography image showing nervous system activity in the brain. Balaban et al., publishing in Current Biology, report the activity in chicken embryo brains is inversely related to behavioral activity, with different sleep-like states emerging for the first time. Playing meaningful sounds selectively induced patterns of embryonic brain activity similar to awake, post-hatching animals. Image 3D rendering by Carmen García-Villalba.
Credit: Balaban et al. Current Biology
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