From the video info at YouTube:
Baillie Redfern from the U. of British Columbia explains her thesis of cloning DNA into yeast to produce an elusive perfume fixative compound called Ambergris. It involves whale barf. More videos at http://phdcomics.com/tv
Animation: Jorge Cham
Series Producer: Meg Rosenburg
Baillie's project is funded by PhytoMetaSyn, Genome BC/Alberta/Canada and NSERC.
Love her end tag: 'I'm just trying to change the world one Coco Chanel at a time'!
From the conservation viewpoint, I think ambergris is another good reason for conserving sperm whales. Dead sperm whales don't vomit ambergris!
By the way, I found another hillarious ambergris video!
So, whenever you're having a walk, take note. You might find ambergris!
Note on YouTube embedding in Blogger:
It seems to be the problem for new blogs that we (or at least I) cannot embed directly to a blog post. I never had this problem with my old 2007 blog. Originally, I thought that I need the old embeded code (which worked for the Google Earth video I posted last week here). But apparently, the secret is this: embed the code in HTML mode, not 'compose' mode! I tried it with the new embeded code for the 2-min video, and it worked! The second video is using the old embeded code, and it worked too. But it has to be posted in HTML mode. Hope it helps!