April 10, 2008

Would you like to share my toothbrush?

Filed under: informatics — Duncan Hull @ 4:30 pm
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Toothbrush Lovers by Evan RomineMichael Ashburner at the University of Cambridge once famously quipped that “Biologists would rather share their toothbrush than share a gene name” [1]. And so we have many different colourful and imaginative names for genes. The same mis-naming rule applies the reactants and products (input and output) of metabolism. Here are some example names, would you like to share my toothbrush chemical name? There are so many different toothbrushes names to choose from…


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