Tuesday, May 13, 2008

As a (micro)biologist ...

... it's always cool when you get to name something.
A biologist has named a newly discovered trapdoor spider after rock star Neil Young: Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi.
For microbiologists it's identifying and naming a new microorganism. For molecular biologists, it's naming a new gene. Unfortunately, the gene designation fucK has already been taken (fuculose kinase).

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