Posts Tagged ‘fun video’

Fondly remembering the lab of the 90s

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 06-25-2013

You know you’re getting older when you can wax nostalgic about the following scientific expereiences of the 1990’s molecular biology lag:

  • Had to order degenerate primers to do cloning due to lack of gene sequence
  • PCR was done by hand
  • Proteins were purified by serial fractionation
  • Hand poured sequencing gels
  • Scientific articles were only available at the library (what’s that?!?)
  • No way to visualize localized protein
  • Collected serum by hand to purify antibodies
  • Cloned plasmids using restriction maps
  • Data was limited to the size of a 1.4 MB floppy disk! (Imagine trying to fit a 1.5 GB human genome on that!)
  • tenure track jobs were easy to come by

The list was taken from the video shown below. Can you think of other 1990 lab challenges?

DNA Fingerprinting: New York Style

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 05-28-2013

The DNA Learning Center published a short series of YouTube mini-documentaries about past or current work of notable scientists based at New York institutions. The videos were produced by New York high school students and have been voted a very creative learning tool by the American Biotechnologist community. Below is one of my favorite videos demonstrating the theory and practice behind the DNA fingerprinting technique. Enjoy!

Rehab Science Parody

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 05-15-2013

The Royals of Science Tell Their Stories

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 05-08-2013

Despite its length, this video is very interesting for anyone interested in science. You will meet 8 of the most famous science journalists and hear them tell their stories. Yes it is long. But you are allowed to pause it for a bio break. Enjoy!

Crazy Stories of a Nobel Prize Knighted Biologist

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 05-01-2013

Denied a green card by Homeland Security, Nobel Prize winning biologist, Paul Nurse, discovers a family secret that has been kept quiet for over half a century.