nerd play



happy new year to everyone who spends their life trying to somehow make the world a better place, including those engaged in the mysterious and exciting world of genetics.

one may assume that these bright souls are born with the gift of extraordinary brilliance and purpose, all at the expense of some other area of their humanity, such as a sense of humor. in reality, this could not be further from the truth. while their comedic approach to life may not be easily apparent, all it takes is a glance at the mark they leave on their work to see their strong sense of whimsy.

after listening to a recent npr interview with one such geneticist/scientist/self-proclaimed ‘nerd’ and hearing him discuss names assigned to individual genes and their mutations, it’s clear this group has found a way to do their research, stretch their intelligent ironic imaginations, and leave their legacies – all while embracing a sense of play in its truest form.


radical fringe


cheap date


one-eyed pinhead

INDY – I’m Not Dead Yet (makes mutant flies live twice as long – inspired by Monty Python’s ‘Holy Grail’  

i thank you for this on so many levels.

8 responses »

  1. @katie – i know i love the human stories of all kinds on npr and i never fail to learn something interesting from them – here’s to another year of living and writing, best to you and yours


  2. I like your humorous post on the nerds! Did you see that I named my second Father’s Day post, “Man of Steel?” I nominated my old science club advisor to that honor and have to admit, my h.s. friends included a lot of nerds! And, to tell you the truth, my Dad and one brother were considered “nerds,” and 2 of my ex-husbands have PhD’s. I have always been average in science! Ha ha! But enjoyed the funny names for genes!


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