Sonic The Hedgehog

Andrew Wagner afwagner at STUDENTS.WISC.EDU
Wed Apr 10 15:16:47 EST 1996


>In article <316A1951.1C0A at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk> Dr Richard Stitson
><rnms at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk> writes:
>
>>Sonic Hedgehog is a gene originally discovered in Drosophila (hence 
>>the unconventional name)
>
>But *why* was it named Sonic Hedgehog?? 

Hedgehog is a gene in Drosophila (I think it gives them "spiked" hair). 
Anyway... some scientists discovered a variant of the gene and, being cute,
borrowed the name Sonic from the Sega Genesis video game, Sonic the
Hedgehog.
Some people don't get out much...

Andy

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