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Re: This one is pretty good (fwd)

At Jim's request, I post this for your collective review.

Farlow,James wrote:
> From Farlow@IPFW.EDU  Wed Jan 21 10:40:12 1998
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> From: Farlow@IPFW.EDU (Farlow,James)
> Subject: Re: This one is pretty good (fwd)
> To: smithjb@sas.upenn.edu (Joshua Smith)
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>      This is too nice to keep quiet.  Please post on the dinosaur or VP 
>      discussion network.
> Ben A. LePage wrote:
> > From blepage@sas.upenn.edu  Wed Jan 21 09:43:41 1998 
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> > From: blepage@sas.upenn.edu (Ben A. LePage) 
> > Subject: This one is pretty good (fwd)
> > 
> > Abstract
> >>
> >>Success in academia is hypothesized to require specific phenotypes. In
> >>order to understand how such unusual traits arise, we use human clones to 
> >>identify the molecular events that occur during the transition from a
> >>graduate student to professor. A pool of graduate student clones was
> >>subjected to several rounds of random mutagenesis, followed by selection 
> >>on minimal money media in the absence of dental insurance. Students
> >>surviving this selection were further screened for the ability to work 
> >>long hours with vending machine snacks as a sole carbon source; clones 
> >>satisfying these requirements were dubbed "post-docs". In order to
> >>identify assistant professors from among the post-docs, this pool was
> >>further mutagenized, and screened for the ability to turn esoteric results
> >>into a 50 minute seminar. Finally, these assistant professors were
> >>evaluated for their potential to become full professors in two ways: first
> >>they were screened for overproduction and surface display of stress
> >>proteins such as Hsp70. Assistant professors that displayed such proteins 
> >>(so-called "stressed-out" mutants) were then fused to the M13 coat
> >>protein, displayed on phages and passed over a friend and family members 
> >>column, to identify those that were incapable of functional interactions. 
> >>These were called full professors. Although these mutants arose
> >>independently, they shared striking phenotypes. These included the
> >>propensity to talk incessantly about their own research, the inability to 
> >>accurately judge the time required to complete bench work, and the belief 
> >>that all their ideas constituted good thesis projects. The linkage of all 
> >>these traits suggests that these phenotypes are coordinately regulated.
> >>Preliminary experiments have identified a putative global regulator.
> >>Studies are currently being conducted to determine if overexpression of 
> >>this gene product in post-docs and grad students can speed up the grad 
> >>student-full professor evolutionary process."

Josh Smith
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