The fly brains pictured here are expressing different levels of a particular protein involved in learning (a protein called Bruchpilot, a German word that translates to “break-pilot”, obviously).
The brains on the bottom are well-rested, and the lower levels of the protein signal that a well-rested brain may be molecularly poised to learn.
That’s something we all knew, of course, but now you know why.
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