Like, protein synthesis, man

sclatter wrote:

So you know you are a nerd when you go to a Halloween party and everyone gathers around a computer to watch a movie about protein synthesis. Ok, it's a really funny movie about protein synthesis, from 1971, full of stoned flower children rolling around in the grass. You must see it. You can pretty much skip right through the first part with the chalkboard explanation [skip to 3:10]. Keep an eye out for the puffs of smoke representing GTP hydrolysis-- my favorite touch.

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Current Music: "Woooo wooooo! Initiator Factor Twooo!"

16 Responses:

  1. ahruman says:

    And a really bad Jaberwocky filk, too!

    Wow! This movie has everything!</Homer>

  2. flaterik says:

    I was actually shown this video in a biology class. It was awesome.

  3. jabber says:

    Thank god for computer animation.

  4. avani says:

    My undergrad still has a tradition of showing this video to all of its incoming freshman. Thanks for posting it!

  5. nyankolove says:

    i am much more confused about protein synthesis now.

  6. nightrider says:

    I don't know about you, but when it comes to Initiator Factor Two, I'd hella-tap that ass, dawg!

    Finally... I fully understand why the Amino Acids were after her this whole time. RAWRRR...

  7. saintnobody says:

    at about 7:45 there's a random guy wearing a jersey with neo-nazi symbolism.

    • strspn says:

      Only the paranoid survive, but -- survey says! -- the symbolism is of double-headed dildos more likely. Sometimes an integer is just an integer.

    • pikzek says:

      WTF!!!! Dude you need to get out from under the rock! That is what we refer to as a "football jersey". They normally have 2 numbers from 00 to 99 to differentiate between players on the field since it is quite hard to see their faces when they wear helmets.

      Do you freak out every time you see two 8's in close proximity to each other? You have issues. Get help and stop watching Mel Gibson movies.

  8. damiancugley says:

    When I was at school (around 7th or 8th grade) we had the whole computer science class up doing a mergesort (an algorithm that was more important in those days when your files were on tapes and only one record was physically available at a time). But nothing on the scale of this protein synthesis happening! I guess it shows how more complex biochemistry is than the works of Man. :-)

  9. solkanar512 says:

    The Intro to Biology course at Harvey Mudd College shows this film every time. It really never gets old.

  10. peptide says:

    Dude, the Molecular Bio and Genetics course at Sydney Uni also shows this video. It's rad. (and yes I know I am a geek, my user name is peptide.)