A rap about Wes Van Voorhis' lab in the UW Department of Medicine, where we do research on drug development for infectious diseases.
Songwriters: Greg Crowther and Jeff Barrett. Producer: Jeff Barrett. Musicians: Conor Barrett, Jeff Barrett, Greg Crowther, Jake Houser.
Director: Ryan Choi. Executive Producer: Steve Nakazawa Hewitt. Cast: Janhavi Bhandari, Greg Crowther, Angela Gillespie, Rob Gillespie, Steve Nakazawa Hewitt, Paul Newling, KK Ojo. Camera: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W120.
Working in the lab is a pretty sweet gig
The people are smart and the toys are really big
But we can't be chill when our homies are ill
So we write a new proposal to create another pill
If you have malaria we wanna take care o' ya
And if we succeed then no one has to bury ya
And so we beg for grants, even though it's so demeaning
'Cause you need a good stash for a high-throughput screening
We need money for drugs
We ain't no thugs
But it takes more funds
To kill more bugs (parasites yo!)
We start with expression of recombinant protein
A soluble product is a reason for emoting
We quantify its function and look for inhibitors
And find the delimiters of active-site perimeter
When the SAR is leaving us baffled
We call in the chemists to create a new scaffold
It's not like making meth -- it's really hard to do it
But we've got to break through to a brand-new therapeutic
Chorus (repeat and fade)