Ever feel the urge to curl up into a little ball, roll down a hill and grab some rings?That could be your Sonic hedgehog gene acting up. Some humourous chimp in a lab coat thought he could impress his friends by naming this gene after the Sega videogame character.
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I like the line: Some clinicians and scientists criticise giving genes frivolous or quirky names, calling it inappropriate that patients with “a serious illness or disability are told that they or their child have a mutation in a gene such as Sonic hedgehog.
It’s not funny but it does make us laugh.