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halo



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:41 am Reply with quote
What a great way to have your work taken seriously! Guess it's a slow news day.
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OnanRulz



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:50 am Reply with quote
halo wrote:
Guess it's a slow news day.

It's a slow news day when an anime-centric site reports on anime in the news?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:51 am Reply with quote
halo wrote:
What a great way to have your work taken seriously! Guess it's a slow news day.
Seriously way to seem professional, I'm sure these guys will be the butt of many jokes. I wonder what kind of trademark issues might come up?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 11:52 am Reply with quote
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halo wrote:
I wonder what kind of trademark issues might come up?
Since they won't be making a profit off of the character, I would say nil.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:16 pm Reply with quote
This is actually a tradition in biology. http://en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Sonic_hedgehog Lighten up, guys. [/url]
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:29 pm Reply with quote
jsieczka wrote:
halo wrote:
What a great way to have your work taken seriously! Guess it's a slow news day.
Seriously way to seem professional, I'm sure these guys will be the butt of many jokes. I wonder what kind of trademark issues might come up?
Err...scientific discoveries get named for wacky stuff all the time. Hell, we have an element of the periodic table named "Americium." There's an asteroid named Terrygilliam. There's a mineral called "Cummingtonite." There's a fruitfly gene named Sonic Hedgehog. And so on and so forth.

Fact is scientists are strange people. Very Happy
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Murasakisuishou



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:11 pm Reply with quote
MetatronM wrote:
Err...scientific discoveries get named for wacky stuff all the time. Hell, we have an element of the periodic table named "Americium." There's an asteroid named Terrygilliam. There's a mineral called "Cummingtonite." There's a fruitfly gene named Sonic Hedgehog. And so on and so forth.

Fact is scientists are strange people. Very Happy


Don't forget the two species of flea named after Gary Larson!
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narutoismybrother



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:14 pm Reply with quote
So I'll be learning about Pikachurin in school? WOOHOO! XP
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:48 pm Reply with quote
That should get them some attention. Since they've used the name of one of the most recognized characters in anime Rolling Eyes
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ibmman



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:50 pm Reply with quote
I actually find it pretty neat when this happens, especially because it really helps make papers more interesting when the components of a pathway have interesting names. Sonic Hedgehog is probably the best known example, and it's funny to hear it be discussed in classes and textbooks.

Maybe it'll catch on and we'll end up with lots of pokemon-based gene names? There's enough out there we could definitely assign one for each pokemon.
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Meccanica



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:13 pm Reply with quote
So, now I have pikachu in my brain??
Great. Wonderful.
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zanarkand princess



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:21 pm Reply with quote
Wow so I can do my next science report on the pikachurin protein? That's pretty crazy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:23 pm Reply with quote
Being and anime fan and a molecular biologist specializing in proteomics, this is so #$%^*@& cool you have no idea!!! Very Happy

I have to say though, it would be very difficult for me to decide what to name a newly discovered protein after... I have a lot of sources of inspiration.

Oh, and don't forget what was once known as planet 10, named Xena, the Warrior Princess, herself. Not anime, I know, but entertainment oriented, nonetheless. (now it's no longer a planet, and no longer known as Xena)
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:04 pm Reply with quote
All scientists are insane, which is why we rock. Very Happy
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Batman3777



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:12 pm Reply with quote
Meson wrote:
All scientists are insane, which is why we rock. Very Happy


yup! Laughing
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