Ribosomes through the magic of dance

Via BoingBoing comes this absolute gem:

“Kenyon College professor Joan Slonczewski has made available a classic short film from 1971 in which flower children at Stanford re-enact protein synthesis. If you don’t have time to watch the whole film, tune in at 3:46 to watch the cavorting 30S ribosome orgy. A different colored balloon for every ribonucleotide and a puff of smoke for every pyrophosphate cleavage… science entertainment at its best.”

Original story and the video (mp4, 13 mins, 40 MB).