Question: (Closed) What Was The Best April Fools Joke Related To Bioinformatics You Saw?
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gravatar for Chris Evelo
7.7 years ago by
Chris Evelo9.9k
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Chris Evelo9.9k wrote:

I stumbled on the 24th chromosome pair, found by bioinformatic reanalysis of 23andme personal genetic data. Of course that meant that they had to rename the company to 24andme.

http://spittoon.23andme.com/2011/04/01/23andme-discovers-24th-chromosome-changes-name-to-24andme/

You have probably seen loads of others. I hope you can share them.

A practical aspect behind the question is that there were one or two things that I almost forwarded to other people because they didn't look weirder than what you see every day. So besides giving Biostar users a well deserved laugh the question could also prevent some embarrassment.

For this I really hoped that it was a joke, but after reading the article that is was based on I am afraid that it was not ...

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 7.7 years ago by Andreas2.4k • written 7.7 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k
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we all know that there is a 24th chromosome; it's the mitochondrial chromosome :-)

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum115k
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yes, but today only :-P

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum115k
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As this is not a real question community-wikify it please.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Michael Schubert6.8k

chrM? I think Schrodinger talked about there being 24 pairs of chromosomes in 'what is life', maybe he was ahead of the game once again

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Russh1.2k

Does that come in pairs?

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k

@!#☹!zz&!*$ ! :-)

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum115k

Oh fine. I suppose it should be closed tomorrow anyway.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k

Oh fine. I suppose it should be closed tomorrow anyway.

But aren't community wikis meant for the really important questions where we collaboratively want to work on the real answer?

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k

To a biologist and geneticist this is a very interesting question. And also a very funny!

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Lucia Ribeiro0

I'll willingly sacrifice points to down-vote this one. I hate April 1 on the web.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Neilfws48k

Thanks Neil. You are right. Actually the frustration that you cannot be sure about anything was one of the reasons to post it. Although the 24andme thing did make me smile, as did a lot of the Google jokes. I will close the question.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k

Thanks Neil. You are right. Actually the frustration that you cannot be sure about anything was one of the reasons to post it. Although the 24andme thing did make me smile, as did a lot of the Google jokes. I voted to close the question, we can reopen it in a year if people want that ;-).

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k

Chris: We haven't really been using community wikis for what they were designed but this is a way of preventing people from "reputation whoring" in these kinds of questions as it would defy the site's purpose a little.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Michael Schubert6.8k

Schrodinger did talk about 24 human chromosomes, and so did almost everyone until the 1950s (although some though human sex determination was XO). Chromosome preps just weren't good enough to count all those little ones accurately

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by David W4.7k

I think this question should be closed now, but since it is wikified now, I can no longer do that myself.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k

Closing as requested - "no longer relevant."

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Neilfws48k
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7.7 years ago by
Alastair Kerr5.2k
The University of Edinburgh, UK
Alastair Kerr5.2k wrote:

Ensembl had a T.rex build in 2003 and it looked very professional. The only evidence I can find of it is here and here. It was more than just a press release and used the same skin as the functioning site

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.7 years ago by Alastair Kerr5.2k

To a biologist and geneticist this is a very interesting question. And also a very funny!

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Lucia Ribeiro0
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7.7 years ago by
Mary11k
Boston MA area
Mary11k wrote:

Ok, technically not bioinformatics--but made me laugh. And think about the analysis problems....

RT @phylogenomics: ThinkGeek :: Arsenic-Based Sea Monkeys http://shar.es/3Vfns

Now with FIVE nucleotide base pairs!

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.7 years ago by Mary11k
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200% awesome indeed

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Chris Evelo9.9k
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7.7 years ago by
Andreas2.4k
Singapore
Andreas2.4k wrote:

Just to add another one to the list:

"Reverse Translation Discovered": http://bytesizebio.net/index.php/2011/04/01/reverse-translation-discovered/

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.7 years ago by Andreas2.4k
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