I 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:
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.