For Your Procrastination: The “science” behind the Superhero

March 6, 2014 | by

fypThe Scientific Creative Quarterly is a website that specializes in all sorts of creative scientific writing…but I’m partial to their witty humor pieces. This article (pdf) in particular, is a tongue-in-cheek “research paper” that analyzes the mechanism by which Wolverine (from the X-men) can regenerate. At a casual glance, it looks exactly like a normal research paper, complete with western blots, protein structures, and a siRNA knockdown. The formatting in the pdf is even reminiscent of the “Nature” family of journals. What is the name of this fictitious Nature-like journal you ask?? “The Journal of Superhero Mutational Science”. Classic.

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