Scientists are fucking weird

Because it’s 2:30am and I am writing a poem about Drosophila genes, I present: Really fucking strange gene names by undoubtedly bored scientists.

  • clootie dumpling
  • currant bun
  • daughters against decapentaplegic
  • dissatisfaction (involved in many aspects of sexual behavior)
  • faint sausage
  • fizzy related
  • gammy legs
  • grunge (a regulator of teashirt)
  • hopscotch (regulates even-skipped gene during segmentation)
  • Indy (for “I’m not dead yet”; this mutation makes the fly live twice as long)
  • jelly belly
  • males absent on the first
  • mothers against decapentaplegic
  • rutabaga
  • seven up
  • sickle (an apoptosis activator)
  • teashirt
  • tinman (the mutant has no heart)
  • wishful thinking
  • ypsilon schachtel
  • half stoned
  • what’s up?
  • lunatic fringe
  • tiggywinkle hedgehog
  • pokemon (a cancer-causing gene in humans and mice)
  • superman
  • kryptonite (supresses superman)

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