Amrita Ray & Daniel E. Weeks
Our very fine limerick was judged unpublishable by the American Journal of Human Genetics:
User beware, one must take so much care
in matters statistical, be right and aware
lest LODs lose their meaning
and false positives be teeming
though nothing worth noting is there!
Our limerick was to appear as the conclusion at the end of our Letter to the Editor
Ray A, Weeks DE. No convincing evidence of linkage for restless legs syndrome on chromosome 9p. Am J Hum Genet. 2005 Apr;76(4):705-7; author reply 707-10. PMID: 15747259
But, unfortunately, the Editor requested that we remove our limerick:
Dear Dr. Weeks:
Attached is a response to your letter to the editor entitled "No convincing
evidence of linkage for Restless Legs Syndrome on chromosome 9p". We would
like to publish your letter (without the concluding poem) and this response
in an upcoming issue of AJHG. We would like to know whether you would like
to proceed with publication.
Stephen T. Warren, PhD
We thank our colleagues in our Fall 2004 Quantitative Genetics class for helping us improve the wording of our limerick.