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The Protein Synthesis Dance

Chris Higgins

Here's a bit of Friday nerdery for you. In this gloriously retro 70's video, a group of dancers demonstrate how protein synthesis works...via interpretive dance, complete with trippy music and Jabberwocky-inspired narration. Entitled "Protein Synthesis: An Epic on the Cellular Level," I'm not sure if this counts as an educational film...but it's definitely fun and weird. The introductory lecture does help to set the stage for the dance, featuring about three minutes of genuine educational material on protein synthesis, delivered by Paul Berg, Nobel Prize-winning chemist.

Keep an eye out for the Initiator Factors -- they have the coolest outfits.