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Rooke, J. (1997.11.3). kuzbanian etymology. 
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On Mon, 3 Nov 1997, Rachel Drysdale wrote:
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> Hi Jenny,
> What a great story about kuzbanian. I'm writing to ask whether you would
> mind me curating your bionet.drosophila posting for FlyBase. We like to
> include etymology of gene names wherever we can, and I can treat your bionet
> posting as a personal communication to FlyBase from you, if you like.
> best wishes,
> Rachel.
Rachel,
You're certainly welcome to include my posting in FlyBase.
And I believe it will help reduce confusion surrounding my gene name
choice. Thanks for asking!
Jenny
> Mail*Link=AE SMTP FWD>kuzbanian
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> Hello, does anybody know what is the meaning of kuzbanian (the name of a
> new neurogenic gene) and in which language?
>=20
> thank you very much
The name 'kuzbanian' is a reference to members of an alien lifeform (?) of
Muppets who appeared in about 4 episodes of the original Muppet Show by
Jim Henson. The Koozbanians (gene spelling changed to avoid copyright
infringement) dwell on the planet Koozbane and speak Koozbanese. They also
have wildly uncontrollable hair sticking up on the tops of their heads,
reminiscent of the striking supernumerary bristle phenotype in
Drosophila mosaic for a null kuzbanian mutation -- and there's the
derivation of the gene name.
Jenny Rooke
Yale Dept. of Genetics
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