McKeague’s Ph.D. dance, based on her research at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, is about a technique called Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential Enrichment (SELEX). The target is a small molecule called homocysteine. SELEX uses natural selection to find the small strands of DNA called aptamers (the other dancers) that bind specifically to the target. Watch for the hilarious Taq Polymerase scene in the middle of the dance.
When you’re done watching, you can check out the other entrants and vote for your favourite on the sciencemag website. I think the Da Rosa lab video does the best job of really explaining the research so they’ve got my vote, but I’m biased, and the other entrants are pretty impressive too. The results will be announced on October 19th.
And here’s a question to all of you: what’s the weirdest way you’ve explained what you do, be that research, code, your favourite game or show, etc? Anyone inspired to try some dance now?
Hey Taylor, I’mma let you finish, but I just wanted to say that that shit with taking your glasses off and omg you were beautiful all along is fucking tedious. (Incident occurs at 3:04 in the following video.)
Not being a 13 year old girl, I never would’ve watched this at all if not for the Kanye ruckus (though my 13 year old self would have been watching it intently and taking self-hating notes). Must say, I prefer Beyonce’s video qua music video; my geek librarian ex-roomie Erica sat me down last year and made me watch the Fosse choreography that Beyonce’s video is referencing, and it’s awesome. Anyone else here a dance/choreography geek?