Cell biologists compete to bring science to the public.
The connection between the hardcore world of molecular cell biology and Pamela Anderson’s plastic surgery may not seem obvious. But last night, graduate student Ben Dubin-Thaler of Columbia University in New York earned glory for spelling it out in one verse of a three-minute poem. To study cells in the lab, he said, you first grow them on to a matrix of proteins:
“It could be fibronectin or laminin,
Or it could be collagen — like the lips of Pam Anderson.”