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Nathaniel Krefman

Some Budding Yeast I Used to Grow

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Named SCIENCE PARODY OF THE YEAR by the readers of the BioTechniques Journal in their 2013 Lab Grammys contest! See http://tinyurl.com/b5suv8q and http://tinyurl.com/cshn7u6.

ALSO FEATURED ON NPR.ORG by Robert Krulwich on his blog "Krulwich Wonders" (Jan. 28, 2013). The post, "My Yeast Let Me Down: A Love Song," is here: http://tinyurl.com/azcx4al

Some Budding Yeast I Used to Grow
(Parody of Somebody that I Used to Know by Gotye feat. Kimbra)

Submission for UC-Berkeley MCB Follies 2012-2013
(UC-Berkeley, Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology)

LYRICS, VOCALS, EDITING & STARRING: Nathaniel Krefman

STORYLINE: Lydia Thé, Haomiao Huang, & Nathaniel Krefman

ANIMATION: Lydia Thé & Nathaniel Krefman

DIRECTION & PHOTOGRAPHY: Lydia Thé & Haomiao Huang

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LYRICS:

Now and then I think of things that I could have done better.
Like when I forgot to give you glucose, and you just died.
An organism that was right for me.
The awesome power of genetics in yeast.
But now I think I'll have to use a metazoan.

You can get addicted to the haploid-diploid cycle.
And recombination in a site-specific way.
So when they showed yeast could do anti-sense,
It didn't change any experiments.
A recessive loss-of-function, try to find one in a Hela cell.

But NIH, don't cut me off.
Just cuz yeast aren't motile doesn't mean I don't need funding.
And I don't even need that much,
But you say they don't have neurons, and your budget's tough.
Did you know that we have auxotrophs?
Synthetic genetic arrays. Try doing that with fish or monkeys.
You say they don't get develop though.
Now you're just some budding yeast I used to grow.

Now you're just some budding yeast I used to grow.
Now you're just some budding yeast I used to grow.

Now and then I think of all we've learned with Saccharomyces.
Cuz of all that biochemistry conserved over a billion years.
Oh I'd get funded if these yeast could bleed.
Or cerevisiae got STDs.
If only they could catch a cold,
You wouldn't catch me hung up on some budding yeast I used to grow!

But NIH, don't cut me off.
Just cuz yeast don't smile doesn't mean that they aren't happy budding.
And I don't even need that much,
But these yeast don't cause infections, and the budget's rough.
Did you know its a eukaryote,
That grows on plates, and exponentially in liquid cultures?
But you say they don't get cancer though.
So now you're just some budding yeast I used to grow.

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