Lovell PV, Huizinga NA, Friedrich SR, Mello CV
"The constitutive transcriptome of a brain circuit for vocal learning"
BMC Genomics , 19:231
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Mouse over here for a brief summary or click to open article in a new tab.The ability to imitate the vocalizations of other organisms, a trait known as vocal learning, is shared by only a few organisms, including humans, where it subserves the acquisition of speech and language, and 3 groups of birds, including songbirds. We conducted a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of transcriptional specializations of the major nuclei of the song system of the zebra finch, representing one of the most comprehensive molecular characterizations of a brain circuit that evolved to facilitate a learned behavior in a vertebrate.