The hERG gene is the human homolog of the Ether-a-go-go gene found in the Drosophila fly and named in the 1960s by William D. Kaplan, now at the City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, California. When flies with mutations in this gene are anaesthetised with ether, their legs start to shake, like the dancing then popular at the Whisky A Go-Go nightclub in West Hollywood, California.
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