This Gene is Not a Hedgehog

from an article on nomenclature in New Scientist (via Bookforum):
"We had particular problems with fruit-fly researchers," says Sue Povey of University College London, who chaired the committee approving names for human genes from 1996 to 2007. "They were always giving their genes names like hedgehog."


  1. Well, easier than "drosophilus melanogaster", I suppose.


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