Can you do better than Gene McGeneface? Help us name the gene.

  1. Information on how to participate in the "CSIRO ‘Name the Gene’ campaign” (‘Campaign’) forms part of these terms and conditions. Entry into this Campaign is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the successful participants.
  2. The Campaign is run by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (‘CSIRO’) (ABN 41 687 119 230) of CSIRO Black Mountain Science and Innovation Park, Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT 2601, Australia.
  3. The Campaign commences on 1 July 2018 at 8:00am (AEST) and closes on 15 July 2018 at 11.59pm AEST.
  4. Participation in the Campaign is open to current residents of Australia over the age of 18, other than CSIRO board members, employees and their Immediate Family (‘Eligible Participant’). CSIRO reserves the right to require an entrant to produce identification and/or proof of age. “Immediate Family” of a person means the parents, siblings, children and spouse or partner (whether legal or de factor) of that person.
  5. Eligible Participants enter the Campaign online by going to the CSIRO’s website at www.csiro.au/namethegene to the entry form and then following the prompts to complete and submit an online entry form in full, including (but not limited to) their name, address, daytime telephone number, email address. Valid details must be entered in order to enter the Campaign. Eligible Participants may enter as many times as they like using the online entry form provided a different suggested name and explanation is provided on each entry form.
  6.  Eligible Participants must suggest a name for the new gene on their online entry form together with a brief explanation (of no more than 150 words) explaining why they have nominated that name. This information will be put forward for judging by CSIRO. Entries will be judged in accordance with these terms and conditions. Entries will be judged on the criteria of compliance with gene name guidelines (please see paragraph 7 below), originality, creativity, sincerity, appropriateness and alignment with the values, objectives and activities of CSIRO.
  7. The new gene name must ultimately be approved by the Human Geonome Nomenclature Committee (‘HGNC’). The HGNC guidelines for gene names provides: Gene names should be brief and specific and should convey the character or function of the gene, but should not attempt to describe everything known about it. The first letter of the symbol should be the same as that of the name in order to facilitate alphabetical listing and grouping (i.e. start with “C” for the symbol “C6orf106”). Gene names are written using American spelling. The following gene name syntax should be used:
    • Names start with a lower case letter unless it's a person's name describing a disease/phenotype or a capitalised abbreviation e.g. AHDS "Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome" and ABCA1 "ATP-binding cassette, sub-family A (ABC1), member 1" respectively.
    • Descriptive modifiers should follow the main part of the name, separated by commas e.g. ACOT1 "acyl-CoA thioesterase 1".
    • Where a complete alternative name (or names) is being included as part of the name, this should in parentheses e.g.IDS "iduronate 2-sulfatase (Hunter syndrome)".
    • Names of other species must be placed in parentheses at the end e.g. LFNG "lunatic fringe homolog (Drosophila)" and ANLN "anillin, actin binding protein (scraps homolog, Drosophila)"
    • The full HGNC guidelines can be found at: https://www.genenames.org/about/guidelines#genenames
  8. Entries must be the original independent creation of the Eligible Participant and free of any claims, including but not limited to copyright or trade mark claims, by any other parties.
  9. Entries must not:
    • Have been published previously;
    • Have won prizes or awards in other competitions;
    • Be restricted in any way; or
    • Infringe any third party rights.
  10. Incomprehensible, late, or incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and therefore ineligible to enter the Campaign.
  11. CSIRO reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of CSIRO, includes objectionable content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory, libellous or defamatory statements, disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions or who has, in the opinion of CSIRO, engaged in conduct in entering the Campaign which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the Campaign and/or CSIRO, or who CSIRO has reason to believe has engaged in any activity calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the Campaign. CSIRO reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to disqualify an entrant if CSIRO becomes aware that the entrant and/or their entry is of a type described in this condition.
  12. The Eligible Participants whose entries are chosen by the judging panel may be invited by CSIRO to participate in media activities (as determined by CSIRO), including but not limited to, being interviewed and photographed, filmed and/or chaperoned, and having their name and photograph published in any newspapers, publications, CSIRO internal or external newsletters or press releases, or the CSIRO internal and external websites at the absolute discretion of CSIRO. By submitting an entry, Eligible Participants agree that if their entry is chosen by the judging panel, they will participate in and co-operate as required with all reasonable media editorial requests made by CSIRO. CSIRO will not pay the Eligible Participant any monetary prize, fee or compensation for their entry. CSIRO is not obliged to invite any Eligible Participants whose entry is chosen to participate in any such media campaign and the invitation is at the absolute discretion of CSIRO.
  13. By submitting an entry and taking part in the opportunity to be involved in the naming of the new gene, each Eligible Participant agrees that the name they have submitted for the new gene in their entry and their name may be submitted to the HGNC and published on CSIRO's website in connection with the Campaign and that the Eligible Participant will not be entitled to any monetary prize, fee or compensation for such publication. By submitting an entry and taking part in the opportunity to be involved in the naming of the new gene, the Eligible Participant whose entries are chosen by the judging panel acknowledge and agree that CSIRO has all right title and interest in and to the entry and the name for the new gene contained in the entry and any copyright therein. The Eligible Participants whose entries are chosen by the judging panel acknowledge and agree that CSIRO is free to use the entry and the name for the new gene contained in the entry and to exercise its rights in relation thereto and that the Eligible Participants will not be entitled to any monetary prize, fee or compensation for such use.
  14. The Eligible Participants whose entries are chosen permits their image and/or voice, as recorded, photographed or filmed, to appear in connection with media or the advertising or marketing thereof, in any media whatsoever throughout the world and the entrant will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
  15. Entries received by CSIRO will be judged by a judging panel consisting of internal and external researchers selected by CSIRO. Judging will take place during the period from 16 July 2018 until 22 July 2018.  The judging panel will select a name to submit to the HGNC for approval.
  16. If the name of the new gene chosen by the judging panel has been suggested by more than one Eligible Participant, then CSIRO will name all Eligible Participant who suggested the chosen name.
  17. All decisions of CSIRO and judging panel are final. CSIRO and judging panel will not enter into any discussions or correspondence regarding the final decision.
  18. If CSIRO does not receive an entry that the judging panel believes is a suitable name for the new gene, CSIRO is not obliged to choose a name for the new gene that has been suggested by entrants.
  19. All Eligible Participants whose name of the new gene has been chose by the judging panel will be notified by telephone and email within seven (7) days after the decision of the judging panel. All Eligible Participants acknowledge that the HGNC may reject the new gene name submitted by CSIRO and CSIRO is not obliged to enter into any further discussion or correspondence with any Eligible Participant regarding such rejection.
  20. The public will be notified, via the website of CSIRO at www.csiro.au within fourteen (14) days after approval by HGNC. The approved new gene name and names of Eligible Participant who suggested that chosen name may also be published via national press.
  21. CSIRO accepts no responsibility for lost, late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted or misdirected entries, including entries not received by CSIRO or delays in the delivery of an online entry due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.
  22. Should an Eligible Participant’s contact details change during the period of the Campaign, it is the Eligible Participant’s responsibility to notify CSIRO. A request to access, modify or delete any information provided in an entry should be directed to CSIRO.
  23. In the case of the intervention of any outside act, agent or event which prevents or significantly hinders CSIRO’s ability to proceed with the Campaign on the dates and in the manner described in these terms and conditions, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strike, war, act of terrorism, CSIRO may, in its absolute discretion, cancel the Campaign and, if it determines appropriate, recommence it from the start on the same terms and conditions, subject to any written directions given from the various State or Territory Government authorities (where required).
  24. CSIRO will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss), or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with this Campaign except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. CSIRO, assumes no responsibility for any incorrect or inaccurate information, either caused by an entrant or as a result of any of the systems, equipment or programming associated with or utilised in this Campaign, or for any technical or human error, or any combination thereof that may occur in the course of the administration of this Campaign including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line, computer line, telephone or satellite network failure, software, server or provider failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to or alteration of entries, and reserves the right to take any action that may be available.
  25. If, for any reason, the Campaign is not capable of running as planned, including but not limited to, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any causes beyond the control of CSIRO, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this Campaign, CSIRO reserves the right in its sole discretion to take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign, subject to any written directions given from the various State or Territory Government authorities (where required).
  26. All entries become the property of CSIRO and will not be returned. By entering this Campaign, Eligible Participants confirm that they allow their details to be used for the purposes of the Campaign as set out in these terms and conditions. If an Eligible Participant no longer consents to their details being used for these purposes, the Eligible Participant should contact CSIRO at the address set out in these terms and conditions. Any request to update, modify or delete the Eligible Participant’s details should be directed to CSIRO.
  27. CSIRO is collecting the Eligible Participants’ personal information for the purposes of conducting and promoting this Campaign. If you are not willing for this to occur you cannot participate in this Campaign.

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Collection of personal information by CSIRO is governed by the Privacy Act.

CSIRO will use the information you provide to conduct the Campaign and may also use it for the other purposes described in these terms and conditions. For these purposes, your information may be disclosed to persons within CSIRO and members of the judging panel, unless otherwise required or permitted by law or these terms and conditions.

The Privacy Act gives certain rights of access to individuals whose information is held by CSIRO. Please contact the Privacy Officer of CSIRO on +61 3 9545 2226 or email privacy@csiro.au to submit a request for access. You can find out more about CSIRO’s Privacy Policy.

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