The Genesis of Gene Names

Today I tried to read an article titled, The Morphogen Sonic Hedgehog Collaborates With Netrin-1 To Guide Axons in the Spinal Cord written by Patricia C. Salinas.

Apparently Sonic Hedgehog, morphogen or otherwise, is a pretty important gene. That may be, but I still find the gene’s namesake, Sonic the Hedgehog, to be a lot easier to understand.

I may not understand what Netrin-1 is but I’ll bet I can score higher on Sonic than Ms. Salinas. It’s nice to see that such different skill-sets can find common ground in a single term.