Tag Archives: biochemistry

Ed Fischer – interview on Lindau site

Ed Fischer won the 1992 Nobel Prize for the biochemically important discovery of protein regulation by phosphorylation. He also plays piano, and here are two quotes from a recent interview with him on the Lindau Nobel site:

“I was happy to retire, because I played the piano and I would have like to spend two hours a day on the piano. I simply can’t do that because I am too busy: I give talks, I come to meetings, I am on juries that give prizes, etc. These are very nice things, but they take time.”

“I never had the virtuosity that you need to be a real pianist. Piano is like tennis, you have to be a Boris Becker at age 15 or 16, I never had the capabilities of becoming a pianist. I like music, but the idea of making a living out of music seemed funny to me. I loved to be at the conservatory, I was what you call in French class libre – free class, which was not on the professional track where you have to play the piano five hours a day. I couldn’t do that.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

Metabolic Melodies

I was cleaning out the bookmarks on my laptop, when – no, that’s not true. I was clicking on all the bookmarks, noticed that 70% are now dead links, and just left them there, when I came across “Kevin Ahern’s Wildly Popular Metabolic Melodies“. I must have bookmarked it long ago, and completely forgot about it. Kevin Ahern teaches at Oregon State University, and writes songs about the biochemistry of metabolism. He’s recorded most of them, and they’re all on the site. Some are also on YouTube, including this one about gluconeogenesis, sung to the tune of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: