FUN AND CLEVER SCIENTIFIC NAMES

  1. Sonic Hedgehog
    A protein in humans encoded in the SHH gene that is involved in embryo organogenesis, brain formation, and formation of fingers. Inspired by the Sega video game character. Sadly, the name has been changed because it sounds weird to tell people there is a mutation in the Sonic Hedgehog.
  2. Kryptonite, Superman, and Clark Kent
    Gene mutation found in thale cress plants. The Supeman and Clark Kent genes increase the number of stamens (the male part of the flower). The Kryptonite gene mutation prevents the Superman and Clark Kent genes from being expressed resulting in impotency.
  3. Cheap Date
    Fruit flies with this gene are more susceptible to alcohol 🍸
  4. Scaptia beyonceae
    A horsefly named after Beyoncé
  5. Darthvaderum
    A type of mite inspired by Star Wars
  6. Tinman
    A mutation in this gene causes flies to develop without a heart. So clever!
  7. I’m Not Dead Yet or INDY
    A gene that extends the lives of fruit flies. Inspired by Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  8. Kenny
    A mutation in this gene causes flies to die after 2 days. Inspired by the character Kenny from South Park. (You bastards!)
  9. Cleopatra
    Cleopatra committed suicide by an asp bite. When both the ASP gene and the Cleopatra gene is present in vertebrates they die.
  10. Ken and Barbie
    These gene mutations cause flies to develop without genitalia
  11. Heerz lukenatcha
    Another type of fly. Cheers! 🍻
  12. Pikachurin
    A protein in the retina named after Pikachu
  13. Tigger
    A transposon that can jump to different places in the DNA. Inspired by the character from Winnie the Pooh.
  14. Adamantane
    A chemical compound named after Adam Ant
  15. Preseucoila imallshookupis
    A type of wasp named after Elvis
  16. Ytu brutus
    A type of water beetle
  17. MTHFR
    The gene that encodes the enzyme Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase. I don't think this was on purpose, though!