bubble-bath An arabidopsis gene, loss of which
results in a larger number of small vesicles, giving the cell the
appearance of being filled with bubbles.
callipyge meaning "beautiful buttocks." The gene, identified
from sheep, affects muscle growth on their bottoms.
CINNABUN - an Arabidopsis gene.
DDT This stands for D-dopachrome tautomerase [Esumi
et al, 1998, Mamm. Genome 9(9): 753]. It is unrelated to the
Diablo - a key protein involved in cell death
(also known as Second Mitochondria-Derived Activator of Caspases, or
FucM The mammalian gene for fucose mutarotase
enzyme, involved in incorporating fucose into protein. Female mice
that lack this gene refuse to let males mount them, and will attempt
copulation with other female mice.
radical fringe [Science 7/19/1996]
Similar to Mothers Against Decapentaplegic (SMAD) homologous
to the Drosophila MAD gene.
tiggywinkle hedgehog (in zebrafish)
JAK - called "Janus Kinase" when it was published,
but originally it stood for "Just Another Kinase."
Jordan element - named after Michael Jordan for its
extraordinary capacity to jump around the genome of the simple plant
SEUSS - Two Arabidopsis genes named
after cartoonists, which function together to regulate flower
PENNYWISE - An Arabidopsis gene named after a
California punk rock band. It functions in conjunction with the gene
Pokemon - formerly a cancer-causing gene in humans and
mice, an acronym for "POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic." It is now
being called Zbtb7 after Pokémon USA threatened a lawsuit over
trademark. [Nature 438: 897.]
RING - "really interesting new gene"
superman - a flower-related gene in
kryptonite - a gene which supresses
TOPLESS - an Arabidopsis gene, sufficiently
descriptive. [Science 319: 1384]
Tsix - the antisense gene of Xist (inactive
(a virulence factor of Proteus
) after Frank Zappa. [J. Bacteriol.
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