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Pikachu Gets Scientific Namesake

by ReverseHarem
Jul 22, 2008 1:05 PM | 66 Comments
A team of researchers in Osaka, Japan have discovered a new protein that they named after Pikachu, a character in the popular series Pokemon. The protein, called Pikachurin, deals with transmissions from the eyes to the brain which is why they named it after the character because of its quick moves. The research team hopes to find treatments with this protein for a specific hereditary cause of blindness.

For more information: ANN.

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hahaha, thats funny

was the guy in the research team somehow an anime fan, or even an otaku? xD

Jul 28, 2008 8:57 PM by Richard_Omega

Awh, I think thats amazingly great ;D

Jul 27, 2008 2:09 PM by Kittenia

i loled at this, but i think its great, because anime is in the science now lol.

Jul 25, 2008 12:37 PM by Kiseki

Wow, this scientist must be a hardcore Pokemon fan or something.

Jul 25, 2008 12:22 PM by HappyPear

Congratulations, Pikachu!
XD

Jul 24, 2008 8:56 PM by feder

restivesilence said:
i'm worried about the scientist who decided this
I wouldn't be suprised if his name was somewhere along the lines of "Ash" Anyway this is.......ammusing. Pikachurin FTW!!. I wanna get some of that.

Jul 24, 2008 8:21 PM by Hellmonkey

i'm worried about the scientist who decided this

Jul 24, 2008 7:53 PM by restivesilence

That is absolutely amazing :D

Jul 24, 2008 7:01 PM by milky-manga

Haha that's awesome!
For one of my bio classes, we had to make a scientific name for fictional mammals we had to write papers about and it turns out that a lot of scientific names are puns and stuff like that!

Jul 24, 2008 6:05 PM by Zelgato

TheCorruptedOne said:
Those scientists must have had a great sense of humor :P


I second that XD

Jul 24, 2008 2:13 PM by Akaike

Those scientists must have had a great sense of humor :P

Jul 24, 2008 1:30 PM by Argyre

R U SERIOUS. x3

This is amazing.

Jul 24, 2008 10:02 AM by NoyaChan

lmao!

Jul 24, 2008 9:48 AM by magentaanbu

This news made my day xD

Jul 24, 2008 12:27 AM by AGVC2675FGCB

:)

Jul 23, 2008 10:26 PM by selective_yellow

lol, stupid.

Jul 23, 2008 10:21 PM by windy

Fun; was reading about eyes and its sending signals to the brain and so on for class recently.

So if something evolves or there's another protein a step up somehow it'll be a Raichurin protein?

Jul 23, 2008 10:14 PM by Where0Meets15

Brian333 said:
Who cares about the name of a protein. They named an entire city in Japan after Osaka!

Jul 23, 2008 10:20 AM by Lofoc

Who cares about the name of a protein. They named an entire city in Japan after Osaka!

Jul 23, 2008 9:02 AM by Brian333

That's so cool. :3

Jul 23, 2008 7:57 AM by ChibiMilly