Friday Follies: Scientists for Better PCR

By January 25, 2008Friday Follies

pcr2.jpgClever sells, just no doubt about it. In this week’s Friday Follies we have not just clever, but smart and well-produced, too. It’s a music video, The PCR Song, a “We Are the World” satire on behalf of Bio-Rad Laboratories’ 100 Thermal-Cyclers, used in Polymerase Chain Reaction testing, that is, DNA tests. You know:

PCR, when you need to detect mutations.
PCR, when you need to recombine.
PCR, when you need to find out who the daddy is.
PCR, when you need to solve a crime.

That IS the real Huey Lewis, isn’t it? Guess we’ll have to check his DNA.

And, of course, this leads us to a Jonathan Coulton song, as do so many things — “That Spells DNA,” with inspirational lyrics:

Guanine met Cytosine, fell in love
And then Thymine got busy with Adenine
They sent the messenger-RNA
To the ribosome to make more protein

It’s catchy! Coulton has a link to download the song here. And a March 7th show at the Birchmere in Alexandria.

There. That’s enough geek humor for today. (Hat tip: John Derbyshire.)

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