Scientists singing

Somehow, sharing the same problems with Uri Alon makes me feel almost absolved of the sins against my own family in spending Sundays at the lab. Almost:

Ron Laskey has a whole collection of songs, published as an audiobook in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. (I guess CSHL Press does not qualify as an indie record label). Unfortunately, not available as mp3s, not legally, at least.

He is known for coining the term chaperone, a class of proteins that prevent other proteins from aggregating and help them fold to the correct shape. He actually has a song about that, where he apologizes for giving to the scientific world a term infamous for its Victorian prudishness. Here is another song, on how students and teachers replace the brain-dead atmosphere of the classroom for the equally brain-dead atmosphere of the conference:

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