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Dancing scientists cure cancer at McGill

by Eva Amsen

Dancing scientists in Canada are curing cancer. Well, they’re trying, at least.

Researchers of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University in Montreal have made a YouTube video of them dancing in their labs to “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. Their sponsor, Medicom, is donating money to their research institute based on how many views their YouTube video gets.

If charity is not enough motivation to watch it, you’re going to at least want to see the three gentlemen throw their hands in the air at 1:46. (With help of the credits at the end, I figured out that one of them is Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate Phil Gold and another is former Dean of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine Richard Levin – but who’s the third?)

Montreal has a tradition of academic music videos on YouTube. Students from the city’s other university, UQAM, were responsible for the I’ve got a feeling lipdub, which has had over nine million views to date. But will any of these have the lasting power of the Stanford protein dance?

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Maxine Clarke October 3, 2011 - 4:41 PM

 I think this is a misleading headline (especially when viewed on, eg, Twitter. Could it be changed to something along lines of:  "Raising money for cancer research by dancing"?

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