Monday, November 12, 2007

When acronyms are not

From a current Journal of Neuroscience abstract:
To identify genes downstream of BDNF that may play roles in psychiatric disorders, we examined a subset of BDNF-induced genes also regulated by 5-HT (serotonin), which includes the neuropeptide VGF (nonacronymic)

Neuropeptide VGF (nonacronymic)? WTF? As if crazy acronyms like BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) weren't confusing and non-mnemonic enough. And who, given a rare opportunity to name something, squanders it on a random sequence of letters? Clearly, there's some in-joke here that I'm missing.