Pokemon USA threatens to sue cancer researchers

Nintendo subsidiary threatens legal action to keep scientists from referring to cancer-causing gene by the nickname "Pokemon."

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In a January issue of the science journal Nature, Pier Paolo Pandolfi of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York described the cancer-causing POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic gene, calling it Pokemon in the process.

Not pleased by the rush of headlines proclaiming "Pokemon causes cancer," Pokemon USA threatened legal action against the center to have the name of its popular game and trading card series disassociated from the gene, reports the latest issue of Nature. The center has complied with Pokemon USA's demands, and now refers to the gene by the much less-catchy name Zbtb7, Nature reports.

This is not the first time researchers have dipped into the world of gaming for a research nickname. The Sonic hedgehog gene was named after Sega's speedy mascot in 1993. Sega has never sued over the matter, even though mutations in the developmental gene can lead to a number of brain and facial defects, including cyclopia.

Discussion

129 comments
BIOShazard
BIOShazard

Sonic is becoming a sellout to Nintendo and Sega, since Sonic has started on the price consuming Sony-PS3 and the almost as price consuming Microsoft-360. And Pokemon... well... they just aren't as popular as they used to be, but since the sinnoh gen, they just sunk, i mean, after giving them qualitys of the second gen, 3-D graphics, and the really old catch, defeat, and win the game... to boring.

finaleve
finaleve

Sega don't care, Sonic is out on a limb right now

drekula
drekula

Pokemon doesn't care. They just want money.

TombaYuri
TombaYuri

Pokemon in Japanese is pocket monster. Pokemon in English means there is literally a monster in your pocket, or rather, testicles.

wingzero2512
wingzero2512

pikachu is overrated period. charmander 4 lyph

boo_dat
boo_dat

I think this Nintendo Subsidary needs to take a chill pill and enjoy a big bowl of brown

MegaKnightX
MegaKnightX

That must really suck for Sega for not sueing over the usage of their beloved hedghog in a gene research.

revo_360
revo_360

"I'm sure Bill, but you have Pokemon." "What?" Wow, that is too hilarious. Pokemon causes cancer, that's a first.

MoodyFlame
MoodyFlame

Quote--This is pretty histerical but for obvious reasons can understand why they don't want people referring to cancer as pokemon.--End Quote i see your point

Tuddytudman
Tuddytudman

...gotta not catch em all now, huh? you'll probably get cancer from them...

wizkid333
wizkid333

what about Pik-ACHOO? Wizkid

xpdude
xpdude

Can't really catch 'em all now, eh?

Darkthunderbolt
Darkthunderbolt

Stupid cancer researchers they say almost every thing you practically do causes cancer and now they some silly little poket monsters that make funny noises can causes cancer in side of our body. What next are they going to say watching t.v. causes cancer and if they say that I'll definitenly summon a pikachu all right but this pikachu will be beating the tar out of you stupid cancer researchers.

dhfial1
dhfial1

Listen up, you stupid pokemon-haters. The Pokemon company makes GOOD RPG's. So why don't you just shut up and keep your Pokemon-related comments to yourself. Honestly, you guys act like a bunch of babies. "Hey look at me, I'm STUPID! I hate Pokemon! I'm so dumb!" Yeesh. You're just losers for that, too. Oh, and that includes you, as well, Digital-Devil. It's idiots like you that give Pokemon-lovers like me a bad name.

saturos
saturos

Darn stupid thing ruined my story bunched it all together T_T

saturos
saturos

Ash: HAHA we got that behmoth! Pikachu scratch attack!- PIkachu: Pika?;/- Brock: what are u hoping to accomplish by this Ash?!?!? I realy dont think this CHarizard needs back scratcher....- Ash: Silly Brock bet Havn't heard about that new POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic gene?- Misty: Ash ketchum have u gone mad !?- Ash: Watch and learn! Pikachu Scratch ATTACCKKK!!!!- Pikachu: pi-i-i-k-a-a-a-chu!- Brock: WTF is that thing Boldjing outt've's that charizards neck now! Is he growing limbs or somthing!?!?- Charizard: CCCHhhaaarrIIIZaaaarrdd aaaaaaahhhh(with weak battle cry)- Brock:Omg!! Ash this is not very ethical..the charizard looks like hes turning into that flood monster from your Halo game.- Ash: POKEBALL GO! aaaaahahahhah Victory!!!! good job POK"emog" Pikachu!- Pikachu:Pika Pika! (8D)- Misty: WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU ASH!?! YOU BETTER NOT PULL SOMTHING LIKE THAT AGAIN OR I WILL TELL YOUR MOTHER!- Ash:Oh! i don't think you will!-with a grin twoards Pikachu

nestea_king
nestea_king

Thats what happens when you get too close to a Kangaskhan....

Miguel1985
Miguel1985

No!!! Leave my Pokemon alone!!!!!!

Carl0009
Carl0009

Darn this is STUPID!! Instead of telling them to change the name (I am pretty sure that they didn't put that name to give pokemon bad image, i bet they don't even now that pokemon EXIST! they don't watch Cartoons, they try to cure sickness, now the thing is called POK ................ its is very similar to POKEMON, so is just a coincidence they don't give a dime about nintendo they care curing sickness because THAT is what they are doing as a living) They just have to sue those guys that didn't know that the stupid show existed, that just was rushed......... makes me regret of buying a GC

IhateMario
IhateMario

I knew that Pokemon popularity grew too quickly for a video game!

eyerok
eyerok

actually it isnt really funny...kinda sad

Alex_brewmaster
Alex_brewmaster

Pokemon=1# Cancer Problem? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!! "I will not end this sig until 100 people PM me the words Pikachu Bites! current count: 1."

Viddio
Viddio

"These scientists are geniouses trying to change the world and they're going to try and sue them?" Because we all know cancer-researchers are all "geniouses". This newspost is full of crappy "OMG POKEMON CAUSES CANCER LOL" comments. It's Pok

krr0814
krr0814

lmao pokemon causes cancer nintendo should do a commercial like this doctor: sir im afraid to tell you this but you have pokemon man: sweet now you to can catch pokemon pokemon diamond and pearl only on the nintendo ds

videogamr49
videogamr49

I was wondering when they would sue over it.

Vash67
Vash67

Everyone wants to sue nowadays....

snoop4x
snoop4x

It would seem that games are always the escapegoat of many "things" nowadays.

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

Hey if i was a company trying to make money off of my products I wouldn't want my name associated with cancer either.

seanlyger
seanlyger

I've never heard of a more apalling tragedy that I cared so little about.

Dahok
Dahok

wow simply stunning. i dont which is the greater fool. im sure that lil blob of flying sh@t weezing gave someone cancer they just trying to keep it hush hush : p.

visor123
visor123

Why sue? They can settle it peacefully.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

oh noze!!! teh poke-cancer!!!11

ewjim
ewjim

I knew from begining - Pokemon bad and evil!!! >_

Tuddytudman
Tuddytudman

wow! no wonder everyone was acring like zombies when pokemon was popular. I perfered the sonic games to pokemon, so I didn't "catch em all". Now I don't wanna go on my copy of emerald (which I recieved as a birthday present, btw)

Igiss
Igiss

Evil pokemon hating doctor takes his revenge agains world pokemon domination! Be aware.

dinomatic
dinomatic

this is funny i guess people now will say stay away from them all.......ha ha!

chemwizard
chemwizard

Thats pretty low of Nintendo to be so heavy handed from the get-go. Sure, having a cancer oncogene named after one of their premier franchises may not be cool from a publicity point of view, but consider: they are cancer researchers, you know trying to improve our lives and I think Pokemon has run its course anyways, as each new installment is the same, recycled garbage. Nintendo should spend their money on developing newer games or in overhauling older series' games, not in pursuing every little percieved 'infringement' on its properties.