And this table doesn't look right in Firefox—the rows don't line up right. I'll look into it...eventually.
Organism, gene name
First, the names with interesting origins, translations, or relationships:
(why is it not T-shirt?)
Embryos have no heart
Denticle pattern resembles dreadlocks
Protein mediates responses to alcohols
They're especially sensitive to alcohol
Some cells divide uncontrollably
Have swirling wing-hair patterns
Development is arrested, as seems to have happened to Maggie Simpson
Well, smarter or larger brain, I guess
Mutant Cleo protein's interaction with Asp protein is lethal, and Cleopatra committed suicide by asp bite
Unable to hatch, as in Fortunato from "The Cask of Amontillado", who was walled-in alive
Males aren't interested in females
Brain has many holes (just like Sam Beckett!)
Movements of Golgi bodies labeled with anti-Lava antibody resemble the motions of droplets in a lava lamp
The gene is a mobile genetic element
From his "To be or not to be" soliloquy because it affects development of cells descended from the IIB cells
My favorite-sounding gene name is fushi tarazu, which is Japanese for “few segments.”
My absolute, number-one favorite of all time, both because of its quirkiness and its origin, is INDY, which makes mutant fruit flies live twice as long, and it’s an acronym for “I'm not dead yet.” Okay, that’s funny enough; I knew this one for a month or two before I read Mikael Niku and Mikko Taipale’s wonderful web page and discovered where the name came from. This is why it is my all-time favorite: the phrase comes from that scene in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” where that guy is pushing a wheelbarrow full of corpses, shouting, “Bring out your dead!” but that one guy isn’t dead yet, and he says, “I’m not dead yet!” That is so awesome! It’s brilliant!
Thanks to Mark Isaak and Mikael Niku and Mikko Taipale for some of the explanations of gene names. Click on those links to find many more interesting gene names; I would have included all of them, but I didn’t want to just copy them.
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