The late Francis Crick once said that “Trying to determine the structure of a protein by UV spectroscopy was like trying to determine the structure of a piano by listening to the sound it made while being dropped down a flight of stairs.”
But, if you thought that protein structure determination was the closest that biologists got to making music, you’d be wrong. It turns out that behind the veneer of the laboratory, biopop – a thriving underground biology music scene – is just waiting to burst onto your iPod (or other music player).
For your listening pleasure, I have scoured the internet to bring you 10 of the very best songs that biopop has to offer. From Unca John’s bluesy “Growth Hormone Hero” to Amy Hartnell’s karaoke classic “Form a phosphate-ester link (to carbon three)” to BioRad’s slick but shamelessly corporate “Scientists for Better PCR”, every taste is catered for.
Whether you love, hate or even make biopop, be sure to make your views or your favorite songs known here.
Here’s the biopop top 10. Enjoy:
2. Growth Hormone Hero
Artist:Unca John’s Blues Band
Album: The Beta Blocker Blues
3. Scientists for Better PCR
Artist:Amy Hartnell+You on lead vocals
10. Horse Haemoglobin