Hmmm… maybe we can do something similar the ASIC 200 course. Biochemistry and interpretative dance: together, for the first time.

Don’t tempt me… But, man, talk about creativity. Truth is, I can’t really say more than what the title gives away. The good stuff starts about 3 and a half minutes in.

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(PAUL BERG) PROTEIN SYNTHESIS: AN EPIC ON THE CELLULAR LEVEL – 1971

On an open field at Stanford University in 1971, several hundred students convened to undulate and impersonate molecules undergoing protein … all » synthesis by a ribosome. A few were trained dancers, wearing costumes and colored balloons to identify their roles; most were recruited with the promise of fun and refreshments.

By the way, Paul Berg won the Nobel Prize in 1980 for Chemistry (although maybe he should have pulled a “Gore” and collected an Oscar for the video as well?)

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and boingboing.net. He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at popperfont.net.

2 Responses to “Hmmm… maybe we can do something similar the ASIC 200 course. Biochemistry and interpretative dance: together, for the first time.”

  1. Jacqui

    I showed this to my students one year…very fun. My favourite part? Fifty-S Ribosome.

  2. David Ng

    I did once get a bunch of grad students to do an interpretative dance of SAGE analysis. Pretty surreal, but good for a laugh.

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