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Scientific Sniglets

A scientific "sniglet" is an existing or made-up word with a unique and humorous definition.  Here are a few examples from the community at IDT:

Isoschizomer: a restriction enzyme that has trouble telling if it really cut at the restriction site or just imagined it.

scientists who move to get funding

Labotage: When it is obvious that someone else had to have come by and “messed” up your experiment.

a measure of the concentration of the wrong solute in a solution, non reversible. Usage: “ I added 2 OhnoMoles of DMSO to your reaction, sorry!”

what happens when you [accidentally] attach your positive and negative leads to the wrong jacks and your sample migrates up out of the well into the buffer tank…

Send us your scientific sniglets!  Submit to decoded@idtdna.com. We will select the 5 best to win an IDT T-shirt and will run them in this column of our next DECODED issue.


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