Unravelling the Minion Genome

Krisho Manoharan, Ruth Sang Jones


This paper gives a cursory overview of some of the potential genes that are present in the minion genome. Minions are the cute creatures first introduced in the Despicable Me films.  The genes considered include those important to body structure and plan, eye development, language ability and yellow skin pigmentation. Included is an estimate of the DNA base-pair sequence length for the genes considered, with the exception of certain pigment-related genes. 


Film; Biology; Genetics; Homeotic Genes; HOX genes; Despicable Me; Minions

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