In the vast realm of video games, there are countless characters that have captured our imaginations and become household names. However, one particular video game character shares his name with a gene in the human body, creating an unexpected connection between the virtual world and real-life biology.
It's fitting in many ways that Jean-Claude Van Damme appears in “Mortal Kombat 1,” a reboot of the 31-year-old fighting franchise. Van Damme's character embodies strength, agility, and determination, much like the gene he shares his name with. This intriguing parallel raises questions about the origins of character names and their potential ties to scientific discoveries.
The gene in question, which separates the right brain from the left and ensures the presence of two limbs, has been the subject of research at the University of Cambridge. Scientists there have found that this gene is not only present in humans but also in the gills of cartilaginous fish like sharks. This unexpected connection between species highlights the intricate interplay of genetics across diverse organisms.