What’s in a name? Not enough.. — #GeneOTW

Last week, I read The Professor and the Madman, a fascinating account by Simon Winchester about Dr. William Chester Minor and the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.  Dr. Minor was one of the greatest volunteer contributors to the OED, and he did it all from his cell at the Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane.  Dr. Minor, who served as a Union Army surgeon in the American Civil...
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Don’t Judge a Gene By Its Name — #GeneOTW with C11ORF24

  Sonic hedgehog. Tin Man. Smaug. As much as I might wish, this list is not the line-up for a “Super Smash Bros: Literary Edition.” Putting my daydreaming aside (I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Elizabeth Bennet take on Lord Voldemort?), these three names are actually part of an even stranger history—the often whimsical, fantastical world of geneticists. Sonic hedgehog, tinman, and smaug...
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We Win With Wee1! — #GeneOTW

The Urban Dictionary definition of “weeone” is: Usually a nickname for a shorter, petite, awesome, hot woman with a height under 5’2″ In casual conversation, according to UD user andyisdandy, you might say, “hey look at that weeone over there,” to which your friend might reply, “o ya dude i know her that’s Michelle.” Disappointingly, our...
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Feeling groggy? Drink some grog! — #GeneOTW with GULO

When you hear the word “scurvy,” dirty old sailors and pirates like Jack Sparrow probably come to mind.     Scurvy is a disease, formerly common among seafarers, that may result in anemia, lethargy, spotty/wounded skin, spongy gums, and jaundice.  While it might be tempting to blame the scurvied pirates for their unhealthy lifestyles, drinking and cavorting around with...
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Hope for Huntington’s Disease—#GeneOTW with HTT

Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder that affects approximately one in every 20,000 Americans.  HD’s namesake, George Huntingon, was not the first but the most acclaimed reporter of the disease.  In 1872, when he was just 22 years old (!), he published his paper “On chorea,” in which he described the clinical features of the disease.1 Symptoms of HD include...
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Happy New Year from BioGPS

This year, BioGPS has received 40K more queries than last year, and that’s not even counting this month’s queries!* According to google scholar, the BioGPS paper has been cited 586 of which 143 were publications in 2014. Publications about the default data sets used in BioGPS were cited 4957 times of which 414 citations were from publications this year. The most recent BioGPS...
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