When You Need to Know Who’s Your Daddy

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Submitted by Larry Croft, PhD:

I’m not sure whether to laugh (OK I am laughing), or run madly into the night to flee a wave of nerd McConsumerism…

The PCR Song by Scientists for a Better PCR (polymerase chain reaction) was done by Bio-Rad to promote their 1000 Series Thermal Cyclers (a pcr machine).

The PCR Song lyrics:

There was a time when to amplify DNA,
You had to grow tons and tons of tiny cells.
Then along came a guy named Dr. Kary Mullis,
Said you can amplify in vitro just as well.
Just mix your template with a buffer and some primers,
Nucleotides and polymerases, too.
Denaturing, annealing, and extending.
Well it's amazing what heating and cooling and heating will do.
PCR, when you need to detect mutations.
PCR, when you need to recombine.
PCR, when you need to find out who the daddy is.
PCR, when you need to solve a crime.
(repeat chorus)

video from GeneGoddess