Apparently the standards for naming genes are less than strict:

Maybe this started with Christiane N├╝sslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus giving their genes interesting German names based on their phenotypes when they are mutant (which is how most genes are named upon discovery, minus the German part). Well, more likely it started with Thomas Hunt Morgan, who named the gene that confers eye color white because when mutated they are white.

Of my favorites:

sevenless and Bride of sevenless

one-eyed pinhead

Jordan element

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