Irina GostimskayaResearch Associate, The University of Manchester
- The University of Manchester
- United Kingdom
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I find LOV and BLUF acronyms in photoreceptors' names quite peculiar. LOV stands for light-oxygen-voltage and BLUF - for blue-light utilising FAD, they are particularly amusing because they are often used next to each other in one sentence in reviews introducing biological photosensors, and they even somewhat rhyme!
Also, talking about interesting names, although not acronyms, I like the story of Western, Northern and Southern blotting used in molecular/cell biology. The first technique of the three was called after its inventor, Edwin Southern, and was used for DNA detection, while the other two invented later (protein and RNA blotting) were called "western' and "northern" out of similarity and, I believe, for fun :)