Originally posted on the node
I recently took part in the ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here!’ outreach event. As soon as the school children found out I was a developmental geneticist and worked out what I did, one question I was repeatedly asked was: “what’s your favourite gene and why?” so for a bit of fun, I thought I’d share my thoughts and see what everyone else’s are too.
Now, I could have gone into detail about a gene of utmost importance in my work or one we literally couldn’t live without (although picking either of those would be tricky as that hardly narrows the list down). However, my first thought when picking my ‘favourite gene’ is always listing the funny-named ones that stuck out from my university lectures. That’s not to say these genes don’t also fit into the important and essential-to-life categories, but they have that added ‘pazzaz’ of an ear-catching name that would wake you from your university slumber, thinking “did he actually just say what I think he said…?”. So here is my shortlist, the top 5 genes based almost entirely on their names: Continue reading What’s your favourite gene?