Naming names eponyms and biological history

Gayatri Vedantam, K. Viswanathan

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The constraints imposed by available experimental data, and the need for precision, typically limits the eloquence of researchers. Scientists, however, indulge in their literary and poetic selves in the names that they bestow on genes and proteins, on organisms and diseases. We briefly review some familiar names in the Inside Passage, and explore their historical antecedents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-175
Number of pages3
JournalGut microbes
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012


  • Biological names
  • Eponym
  • History
  • Microbiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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