Celebrating the Connection Between hERG and Whiskey

Link Between Whiskey and hERG

Come and help us celebrate the connection between hERG and whiskey at our Booth #2028.  We’ll be at the 61st Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting and ToxExpo between 27th and 31st of March, 2022, in San Diego, California.

hERG and Whiskey

We’ll be giving away ApconiX whiskey shot glasses to anyone who comes to our booth and can tell us about the connection between whiskey and hERG (and to make it a bit easier for everyone scroll down to the bottom of this blog and we’ll tell you the story*).

We’re also going to give one lucky person each day the opportunity to fill their shot glass with whiskey.  Come and have your business card scanned and we’ll have a prize draw at the end of each day and select a winner of a bottle of whiskey.  And yes, you can come back and see us every day we’re there and we won’t turn you away.

It’ll Almost be Easter

Easter will be just around the corner too.  For those who don’t win a bottle of whiskey, everyone will have a special chocolate in their glass – a Cadbury’s mini Crème Egg.  Crème Eggs can be seen in the UK as early as Boxing Day.  About 500 million are made a year – although not all are consumed in the UK!

Excited to Meet Face-2-Face Again

We are looking forward to meeting people face to face after a very difficult 2 years. We do hope you can come along to our booth #2028.  Laurence Bishop, Simon Craige, Mike Morton, Richard Knight, Ruth Roberts, Kim Rockley, James Sidaway, Claire Sadler, and Andrew Winkley will all be there to welcome you.  We’ve got quite a lot going on at SOT.  Hopefully see you there!

The hERG Story

*hERG is the name of a human gene and stands for human ether-a-go-go related gene.  The name is based on homology to a gene found in the Drosophila melanogaster that was named ether-a-go-go (eag) because of the ether-induced leg shaking observed in flies with mutations in this gene. Ether-a-go-go was named in the 1960s by William D. Kaplan and William E Trout III when they worked at the Department of Biology, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California – just a few hours away from here!!  The shaking legs of the flies was compared to the dancing at the famous Whisky a Go Go nightclub on West Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.