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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Pokemon Gene Controversy

Did you know that there are genes named after Sonic the Hedgehog and after The Pokemons ?
It seems that the Pokemon gene (POK Erythroid Myeloid ONtogenic factor) at certain states can cause cancer, which apparently was enough for Nintendo to threaten the scientists at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York with legal actions if they keep referring to it as Pokemon... The gene is now called zbtb7.
Less catchy, isn't it ?


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