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Many researchers may be counted among the legions of science fiction and comic book fans, and a few have even drawn on that fandom to name genes they've discovered, says Robert Gonzalez at the i09 blog. In particular, he adds, the Drosophila melanogaster genome is "most heavily populated" with genes named for fantasy characters.

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