NEW YORK. The satirical news site Genomeweb, which publishes “news” stories about genomics, is set to close down after getting exactly zero laughs in its 17 year history.
GenomeWeb began in 1997 publishing hilarious hyper-real stories about genomics and science, culminating in the classic “Genome scientists at genomics institute set to do more genomics“. However, the hyper-realism proved too much for readers, who just assumed it was a genuine, yet really bad, news site.
“The problem is that our comedy is just too meta” said Graeme Web, founder of the site. “At first we couldn’t believe it – we’d write really stupid stories, and people would believe them. Then we’d write more and more ridiculous things, brand them as news, thinking that eventually the penny would drop – and it never did” he continued.
The ScienceWeb, as a genuine news site, are sad to learn of the demise of Genomeweb, one of the funniest and most under-rated satirical news sites on the internet. There exists a small but dedicated community who remain huge fans of the hyper-real sarcasm of Genomeweb, and who will never forget classics such as “Scientists need big computer for big data”, “Scientists buy big computer for big data”, “Large GWAS finds lots of SNPs”, “Researchers think genes might be responsible for genetics”, “Other researcher say ‘Don’t forget about Epigenetics'”, and the unforgettable “Idiotic researchers sequence totally irrelevant genome”.
Genomeweb – we will miss you!