Want more research funding? Time to give your study organism a better nickname

People who work on pathogens, especially really nasty ones, have built in marketing and fundraising tools. They have nicknames (for the organism, the disease, or both): Good ones. Like "black death" "flesh eating bacteria" "bone break fever" any "wasting disease" any "hemorrhagic fever" "male killer" and more. Now - there are a few non pathogens with good nicknames, like "Conan the bacterium" for Deinococcus radiodurans. But I think we really need to work on better nicknames for non pathogenic microbes. So here are a few proposals:

Any halophilic archaea -> "salt monsters"
Prochlorococcus -> The carbon eater
Rhizobium -> The fixer
Any methanogen -> Fartilicious
Myxococcus xanthus -> The stalker
Nanoarchaeum -> The Hobbit
Tetrahymena thermophila -> The hymenator

Come on everyone.  Let's get some better nicknames.

5 comments:

  1. Haemophilus influenzae: the little vampire (also Joel Dacks)

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  2. Helicobacter pylori -> The gut-twister

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  3. How about "Acid screw" for H. pylori?

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  4. the "acid rust" for A. ferroxidans

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