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Mistaken identity

Men's basketball, molecular biophysics and biochemistry--what's the difference?

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On X—formerly Twitter—you’ll find the handles of most men’s basketball teams are the school name followed by “MBB.” So when the Yale men’s basketball team surprised the nation by upsetting Auburn in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, people wanted to talk about it, and they naturally tagged @YaleMBB in their posts. When they were corrected, politely, by the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, the post went viral, racking up more than 4 million views.

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