[Taxacom] methodology porn

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Wed Jul 4 02:14:59 CDT 2007

Here an interesting article from Wired Magazine, Issue 15.07


YouTube Does Science, From Fruit-Fly Fight Clubs to Stem Cell Extractions
Years behind the lab bench taught 

Moshe Pritsker that the trickiest part of any science experiment isn't the
hypothesis, it's the method. The former Harvard researcher learned this
lesson back in his student days, after carefully following the instructions
on a specialized kit for isolating DNA. "Surprise," Pritsker says, "no DNA!"
A colleague finally showed him how to make the kit work. And that gave
Pritsker an idea: methodology porn. The Web site he cofounded, the Journal
of Visualized Experiments, launched last October. Now its videos of
experimental procedures and techniques - from stem-cell culture prep to
hippocampal dye injection - get 300 pageviews a day. The journal's still a
work in progress (nothing's gone viral yet), but just wait. "No one has
published results in video before," Pritsker says. "Scientists don't know
how to do it." Here are a few of the journal's faves.

-> This is an excellent example, how innate knowledge could spread, such as
the proper mounting and handling of Winkler bags, or dissecting insect
genitalia. It is also an excellent vehicle to expose your own scientific


Dr. Donat Agosti
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