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The neural plate is an important developmental structure that forms the foundation of the nervous system 1,2. Formation of the neural plate occurs during the embryological process of neurulation which helps initiate the development of the nervous system 1,3.
The neural plate develops at approximately day 19 after fertilization 2. The neural plate is a thickened portion of ectoderm along the midline of the embryo 4. During neurulation, the folds of the neural plate fuse to form the neural tube 1,2.