Bad hair day, and a deviant search in the basement

badhair_mouse.jpgI have talked about how much I like the Mouse Genome mailing list before. It has high quality discussion, good job postings, handy meeting announcements, software discussions, and more. But today I LOLed at one of the best comments I have ever seen there (by Leigh Brian, of Duke):

I can’t believe you would list a mouse called “bad hair day” and NOT show a picture on the web site!

This was in response to a recent announcement about new mouse mutants that are available in a prior email:

Dear Readers,
Five new mouse models have been added to the MMR web site (http://mousemutant.jax.org/index.html). By clicking on the mutation symbol under the New Gene Mutations heading you will find descriptions for:

  • longjohn 3 Jackson (lgj-3J) a skeleton/limbs mutation on Chromosome 15.
  • Bad hair day (Bhrd) a new skin and hair mutation on Chromosome X.
  • Dreher 10 Jackson (dr-10J) a circling/hearing loss/ head toss mutation on Chromosome 1.
  • Dreher 11 Jackson (dr-11J) a circling/hearing loss/ head toss mutation on Chromosome 1.
  • small swaying lethal a new neurological mutation on Chromosome 6.

Notification of future new mutations and remutations added to the MMR website will be made via the mgi-list.

When I was at Jax as a post-doc one of the funniest announcements I ever heard in the workplace would come across the loudspeakers once a week: There will be a deviant search in the basement at 2 o’clock. There will be a deviant search in the basement at 2 o’clock. Swear to [deity]. At this point all the post-docs (except me) would run down to look at the odd mice that the caretakers observed that week. You could make your whole career with a compelling deviant mouse!! Grants, papers, tenure…those were some deviants. But I was in bioinformatics. All my deviants were code bugs.

Can you imagine–a career made from Bad hair day? That would be something. Almost makes me want to go back to the bench. Or back to MGI.

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