Bob Dylan Lyrics Inspire Biomedical Scientists and Meteorologists

  At the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, if you ask someone to ask a medical question, the answer you get may be Bob Dylan’s lyrics:
   “How can you confirm whether there is inflammation in the intestines and respiratory tract?” “The answer is in the wind.” Gone with the wind.”
   This is not a joke made by scientists. This “answer” was published in the journal “Nature Medicine” in 1997.
   Even though it is written with literary sentences like “the answer is blowing in the wind”, it is discussing serious biomedical issues. The “wind” here refers to nitrogen oxide gas. By measuring the nitrogen oxide gas in the intestines and respiratory tract, we can detect whether there is inflammation in the body.
   The authors of this article are Lundberg and Witzberg. The two brothers were both loyal fans of Bob Dylan. After writing this article, the two made a private bet: Let’s see who of the two quoted Bob Dylan in academic journals before retiring. more times.
   Scientists at Karolinska Institute The way fans refer to Dylan has also evolved. The classic track “Like a rolling stone” was interpreted as “Like a rolling histone” to study the acetylation and methylation of tissue proteins; “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” It became “Knocking on the Pollen Door”, and the research content was the polarization phenomenon of early pollen cells.
   There is also an article discussing whether blood cells can be transformed into nerve cells, called “Blood on the tracks: a simple twist of fate.” The first half of the title is Bob Dylan’s 15th studio album, and the second half is a song from the album.
   19 years later, Bob Dylan himself has been recognized by the Nobel Prize for Literature, and this “Dylan Literary Creation Competition” in the biomedical world continues.
   As colleagues, our friends from the British Medical Journal can’t wait any longer. The editorial department’s special report column on Christmas Day 2015 traced back to its origins and sorted out the historical development of “Dylanology” in the biomedical world.
   In terms of seniority, this 19-year-old “Dylan Literary Creation Competition” can only be considered a junior. The first papers citing Dylan appeared as early as the 1970s, but it was not until the 1990s that there was explosive growth.
   “How many years will it take for the mountains to be washed into the sea? How much suffering will human beings have to go through before they can finally be free?” Perhaps no one can answer Dylan’s eternal question until now. But when asked how many times Bob Dylan was cited in medical journals before he attracted attention, the British Medical Journal gave a clear answer: 727 times.
   Seeing that biomedical scientists were so active, meteorologists couldn’t sit still. They wrote a reader’s letter to the British Medical Journal: “When it comes to ‘Dylanology,’ we meteorologists are not vegetarians.”
   These meteorologists, who are also based in the UK, put web crawlers into the database of a karaoke website, pulled out 759 weather-related songs from more than 15,000 songs, and studied what weather phenomena occurred in them and how the weather phenomena affected them. The creator himself…Bob Dylan was selected as the “favorite creator of weather themes” with 163 songs.
   With the upsurge of the Nobel Prize in Literature, these little interests hidden in the pages of the book have been opened again. Some people appreciate their humor, while others ridicule them for not doing their jobs properly.
   “Of course I would rather be known for my scientific research than for quoting Bob Dylan in a journal article,” admits Meledi, a participant in the bet at Karolinska Institute. Compared with these small interests, scientific research results are still more important, but he changed his tone: “But, yes! I also enjoy this kind of fun.” 19 years later, when a new citation
   method flashed in his mind again, As usual, he would send an email to all his friends in the bet telling them what he thought. According to the agreement, as long as he has not retired, this little fun will continue with his scientific research.

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