Well, maybe we should say DNA weekend. Sunday is officially DNA day, but a lot of festivities are happening today to accommodate classroom schedules. Check your local libraries and science museums to see if there are any activities planned near you (The Spittoon assembled a few here).
Today everyone everywhere can take part in the National Human Genome Research Institute’s DNA Day online chat room, where you can ask a real-life geneticist about anything and everything you’ve ever wanted to know about DNA.
If you have only a few minutes in your day to sit back and appreciate the wonders of all those As, Cs, Ts and Gs that make up your genome, consider checking out 23andMe’s many genetics videos. Warning: they’re addictive. Here’s the first in the series:
Also worth a gander is this classic Stanford production explaining how the proteins encoded by our DNA get made:
Finally, in case you think geneticists and other scientists don’t have a sense of humor about what they do, you should take a look at some of the professionally produced videos some biotechnology companies have put out in order to promote their products. My personal favorite is the PCR song from Bio-Rad:
- Breakdancing Microarrays
- DNA Dating Game
- Check your PCR from anywhere (starts slow, just wait for it)
(Thanks to former 23andMe intern Massie Ballon for compiling this list of videos. Check out her other work for The Spittoon here.)