Tuesday, August 27, 2013



I met an ichthyologist a few months ago. Talking to him inspired me to write a couple of limericks that were aimed specifically at biologists, though the second one is less esoteric.

It seems that the family of Hennig

As a taxon is not worth a pfennig.

His frau frequently strayed

Which made his whole clade

Polyphyletic from the beginning.

A biologist who was named Verne

Showed what even a postdoc won’t learn 

When he inserted some genes

By traditional means

In the genome of Jean the intern.

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