Scientists are increasingly turning to music and dance
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a method for amplifying fragments of DNA, might not seem like the obvious topic for a song. Yet the surprisingly professional ‘The PCR Song’ by Scientists for Better PCR has been viewed over a million times. In fact, the song owes its existence to a company selling PCR equipment.
Viewers may also enjoy a reworking of Village People’s ‘YMCA’ advertising enzymes, and a frankly bizarre heavy metal-inspired advertisement for cell monitoring equipment.
While the above all benefit from the resources available to large companies and international projects, almost anyone can now generate material. There is no shortage of musical science on YouTube, including a love song about DNA replication and many others of variable quality.
Finally, a catchy and visually striking work, ‘Richard Dawkins – Beware the Believers’, is well worth a view. You can then join the debate about whose side the producers are on.