Best Protein Names–the winners!

Recently, we announced a competition for the best/funniest protein names. Now, after great debate among the professional judges, I am proud to report the winning protein names for this year’s contest.

Drumroll, please…

First Place: INDYI’m not dead yet
from Cath Ennis

Second Place: CHEAPDATE
from Cath Ennis

Third Place: SPAM1
from… Cath Ennis

Looks like a clean sweep for Dr. Ennis!

Honorable Mentions:

1) Merlin
from Richard P. Grant

2) Batman
from MGG

Thank you for your contributions, and we look forward to another contest in 2012.

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery. "Saving One" is my most recent novel set at the National Institutes of Health. Now IN PRESS: Today's Curiosity is Tomorrow's Cure: The Case for Basic Biomedical Research (CRC PRESS, 2021). All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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3 Responses to Best Protein Names–the winners!

  1. Oh my goodness!

    I’d like to thank the judges, Monty Python, and all those hilarious Drosophila researchers out there.

    Oh, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, who I hope will one day have a gene named after him.


  2. ricardipus says:

    Oi! It was fixed it were!

    I always liked sos, for “son of sevenless”. The (possibly apocryphal) story about the Drosophila memory mutants rutabaga, radish and so forth is good too – they being so named (after vegetables) after the investigator was told by the relevant nomenclature committee that “moron”, “idiot” and so forth were inappropriate names.

    Or so the story is alleged to go, anyway.

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