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We’re big fans of the offbeat here at STAT. So what better way to round out the last days of 2017 than to bring you the year in review — in rhyme? Without further ado, we present our annual life science limericks, covering topics ranging from the commander-in-chief’s warnings on drug pricing to a controversial experiment to edit human embryos to a most unusual patent dance over at Allergan. (And if you can’t get enough limericks,  click here to see last year’s offerings.) 

On Trump

Our mercurial commander-in-chief
Will frequently give pharma grief
They’re “getting away!
With murder,” he’ll say
(But hands ‘em financial relief)


On gene therapy

One shot to cure blindness or bleeds:
Gene drugs sure could meet unmet needs.
But what kind of civilian
Can cough up $1 million?
Insurers must wade through those weeds.

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  • Our mercurial commander-in-chief Big Gun
    May be mercurial in more ways than one!
    Has he had a heavy metals challenge test
    In his Presidential physical (or when will he schedule one)
    As standard heavy metals tests read low
    For all who do not methylate well so
    Mercury continues to confound and compound everyone!

    Loose limericks sink shipwrecks?

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