"This is how PCR works" Video

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I made an educational Video about PCR using the paper tactile model I designed in 2009.  To the best of my knowledge, this is the only hands-on PCR learning tool around, so I decided to make a video showing how to use it.  

The novel concept behind the paper model is that the primer has a string hanging off the 3' end, and the dNTPs are beads.  So, to start making a strand of DNA, you need to start with a primer (because it has the string).  DNA replication also has to start with a primer.  Watch the video if you want to learn more about it.

I taped the video in my living room using a webcam and a headset microphone.  I edited the video in Adobe Premiere.  Finding music for your videos is real challenge these days.  I chose fan-recorded music from a live Grateful Dead concert, because it’s my understanding is that the Grateful Dead allows people to use that.  You Tube puts ads over your video if you use regular music, and I didn’t think that ads coving the video was in the spirit of a free educational tool.