Strong electrical currents leave the primitive streak of chick embryos

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Science  02 Nov 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4418, pp. 569-571
DOI: 10.1126/science.573921


The electrical fields above chick embryos were explored with a vibrating probe. These fields indicate that steady currents with exit densities of the order of 100 microamperes per square centimeter leave the whole streak and return elsewhere through the epiblast. The epicenter of these strong exit currents lies near Hensen's node. They are probably pumped into the intraembryonic space by the epiblast and then leak out of the streak because it is a zone of junctional disruption.