The world health organisation (WHO) has banned all new acronyms involving A, G, C and T, The Science Web has learned.
They are concerned that the acronyms are becoming far too tortured, which is illegal under the Geneva Convention. Scientists have been striving for years to come up with clever acronyms using the letters, which also represent the 4 bases of DNA.
However, showing a sad lack of imagination, the only word they have come up with so far for the letter T is “the”:
- TGAC: The genome analysis centre
- TAGC: The applied genomics core
- TCGA: The cancer genome atlas
Our source at WHO said: “Enough is enough. These poor acronyms are set to suffer their whole lives after the torture they are put through as scientists try desperately to create cool acronyms. It’s awful what they do to those poor words. They’re the laughing stock of other acronyms”