Posts Tagged ‘lighter side’

Contest: Silliest lab video of 2011

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 12-13-2011

Nate “the great” Krefman of Bad Habits and Stickleback fame has once again outdone himself with a stellar lab video performance. Now, I have to admit that what you are about to see is some of the silliest and dorkiest filmography that I have ever watched but it is always a blast watching a highly educated molecular biologist have fun in the lab.

My challenge to you, my dear readers, is to send me the dorkiest and silliest lab videos you have seen on the web (or performed yourself…anonymity will be honored where requested). Once all submissions are in we will hold a vote to see who can be named the dorkiest molecular biologist of the year!

Submissions can be sent either by commenting on this post or by emailing avi (at) americanbiotechnolgist (dot) com.

Decorate your tree with the perfect scientific gift!

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 12-08-2011

Every December I find myself spending countless hours scouring the internet for interesting gifts for my fellow scientific friends. This year I came across a very unique gift which can only be appreciated by real scientific geeks-Heros of Science Christmas tree ornaments by Eavesmade.

I was so taken by this idea that I invited Eavesmade’s owner, Sharon, to write a guest post about herself and how she became interested in science heroes. Here’s her story:

Eavesmade is a collaboration between me and my boyfriend, Jon. I am the science-and-design side of things, and Jon is the prototype-and-design side.

I now work as a freelance filmmaker-animator, but before that I worked in botany and forest ecology. My mom is a really smart lady and an M.D., and growing up, I never doubted that I could be a scientist if I chose to be. I guess the Women of Science are an homage to my awesome mom, and to the female scientists who paved the way for the rest of us.

I went to grad school for documentary journalism because I wanted to engage others about science and social justice. Since then, I’ve interned at the science show ‘Radiolab,’ and have created some quirky and interesting short videos, the most recent being ‘Whale Fall:’. I’m now working on a new film about growing up in an LGBT household with my production partner, and we also take video and animation clients (some science, some commercial gigs). Our website:

Jon’s background is fine art, and he worked for many years drafting and helping to construct stage sets for TV, film and musicals, but he’s recently gone back to school to learn robotic-oriented programming, a much better use of his natural skill set–he’s an inventor to the core.

Jon and I live in Brooklyn, New York, and we operate the laser in our living room.

To order your Heroes of Science ornament visit

Ode to the brain

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 12-06-2011

Although some days my brain seems to treat me better than others, I’m always up for a good brain tribute!

If you liked this video, check out the other Symphony of Science videos!

A musical introduction to cellular respiration

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 11-16-2011

I must admit that I am not very well versed when it comes to the krebs cycle and cellular respiration (as you probably figured out from the title of my previous post “To glycolisize or phoshphorylize“). Ask me to explain qPCR or protein blotting any time and I’d be happy to oblige (by the way, don’t forget to download the protein blotting guide that we posted the other day), but cellular respiration…forget it.

That is why I was intrigued to find this young science student’s creative attempt to educate himself and his adoring public about the intricacies of cellular respiration via a YouTube musical video. There are a million and one ways to learn seemingly difficult (and relatively boring) information. Do you have any examples like the one posted below?

Silly geneticists: height is determined by economics!

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 11-14-2011

When designing your research study, you try to take into account and control for many different types of variables. How and when the sample was collected? Under what temperature was it stored? How long was it exposed to a given treatment condition? But have you ever thought about your research subject’s economic wellbeing? According to a video posted to YouTube by Duke Economics, approximately 20% of a human’s height is determined by economics as opposed to their genetics.

That’s what I call true interdisciplinary research!