Thursday, January 19, 2006

Lab humor doesn't translate

There's a funny letter to Nature this morning about whimsical names for genes, as chosen by bench scientists, which don't play well in a clinical setting. Just off the top of my head, I could say that bazooka, gurken, pokemon (now under copyright challenge) or sonic hedgehog are cute when descibing a fly, but don't sound quite right when you're doing genetic counseling.

But the biggest such unpalatable genetic term wasn't even intentional: CATCH-22, for 'cardiac anomaly, T-cell deficit, clefting and hypocalcaemia' associated with Chromosome 22 deletions.

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