Saturday, January 27, 2007

ribosome dance celebration video

skip the first 3 minutes or so boring lecture and get right to the dance!

what fun! i wish we could do a whole cell. we could make a it like a religious holiday in awe and thanks for the molecular whirlwinds that we are and we could get together once a year and spend all day acting out a whole cell!

better than that dammed boring dead BODIES exhibit that's been touring. formaldehyde aint what makes us amazing live bodies, it's THIS stuff.

note that in actuality there would be 100s of those factors and tRNAs and amino transferases and 1000s of aminos and millions of water molecules etc.... flying around. and all bouncing around, what, 10^10 times a second? that way they don't need eyes to see where they are going, they'll eventually bounce into the right place.

now imagine all of nyc doing that dance in 3 dimensions and you get ONE bacterial cell. same number of moving parts.

dig it.

more info on the video:

Directed in 1971 by Robert Alan Weiss fo Directed in 1971 by Robert Alan Weiss for the Department of Chemistry of Stanford University and imprinted with the "free love" aura of the period, this short film continues to be shown in biology class today. It has since spawn a series of similar funny attempts at vulgarizing protein synthesis. Narrated by Paul Berg, 1980 Nobel prize for Chemistry. ...

i wish i could find out more about how it was made! wish i was there!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I loved this! It reminded me of my happy days in graduate school at the University of Chicago. Years of worthless "professionalism" fell away as I watched and became my old (young) self again.