Oxidate It Or Love It / Electron to the Next One

We’ve reached “El Cuco” of High School Bio. Cellular Respiration–especially the stage that follows Glycolysis: Aerobic Respiration, in which chemiosmosis and the ETC (Electron Transport Chain) play a very important role–is a very complex set of biochemical reactions. In order to make energy from glucose, a lot has to happen; and all of this can be quite overwhelming:

This will not appear on your test.

This will not appear on your test.

The Krebs cycle can be tedious, difficult and boring; and I am well aware that my efforts on this blog do not guarantee that we will have a blast discussing this biohemical pathway. But I want to share this music video (via The Rhymebosome); maybe somethings about the Krebs cycle can actually be worthwhile:

Their best intentions are clear but a mouthful of complex words remains inevitable. Fortunately, Pulitzer Prize science writer, Jonathan Weiner, comes to the rescue with these two parragraphs (via npr.org):

To power all of its molecular machinery … each cell contains anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand mitochondria. And every one of those mitochondria contains a large collection of rotary motors. With every breath you take, you set off a long series of actions and chemical reactions that make those rotary motors spin around and around in every living cell of your body like zillions of turbines, windmill vanes, or airplane propellers. These rotary motors turn out a concentrated energy food, an energy-rich molecule called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP.

And this ATP, more than any other molecule in the cellular inventory, makes all the rest of the machines go. This is the fuel of all our mortal engines. Without ATP it would be useless for us to breathe in air, to drink and to eat. Without ATP, even the smallest piece of action in our bodies would slow down and stop.

44 thoughts on “Oxidate It Or Love It / Electron to the Next One

  1. The song is actually very cool! Yesterday I was car washing and singing the lyrics “I’ma be on your test so you should get to know me!” hahaha


  2. im impressed college kids made this song which is very useful for the understanding of the Krebs cycle which is so long and complicated! Anyone can remember this song and definitely will help grandiosely on his/hers test!


  3. this song is the only thing that motivated me to try at least to understand the cycle, changing borig things into a creative and fun way to learn about something really does make a difference


  4. I like how the rythm of the rap in the song gets stuck in your head and sudently you understand what this is. I had a struggle till I heard this song. It all made sense to me after.


  5. I’m really impressed how college kids did this amazing song with all the details the process includes. This was very cool 🙂


    • Not an easy job to fit into verse and rhyme something as complex as Cellular Respiration. They are actually pretty good lyricists, and they have a great taste. The song’s hook is a nod to old school hip-hop. They also showcase videos and acts in their website: The Rhymebosome.


  6. Its very impressing that the Kreb cycle isn’t a easy process to learn and maybe through this in the future i can use this rap so i can learn a lot faster!!


  7. preetty cool song .. it actually helps to learn the process of the krebs cycle and its good to learn it even if it was not on the test cuzz it might come in handy somedayy:)


  8. This music video was one of the many methods I used, in order to study for the test. It was a tremendous help. I found this video extremely useful because it’s an approach you don’t usually encounter for a subject as complicated as this one. You’re able to sing along and view the cellular respiration process in a new and entertaining way. We’re not used to being able to study and gain an educational experience by hearing a hip hop song, which is why hearing this makes it even more enjoyable. It’s amazing how advanced technology has become throughout the years. Thank you for showing us this song and the website where you found it, The Rhymebosome. I’ll definitely be using it for any upcoming tests.


  9. This is a nice video! Nice effects, and very accurate and useful information. Its good that many people nowadays try to take information and put it into songs so students that need help learning the subject, could get the extra push they needed with a catchy song. Cellular respiration was one of the hardest things for me to learn and since I saw the video in class, it made the material so much easier to learn. From there I started looking at other music videos about cellular respiration and they helped me a lot to study for the exams. It motivated me to actually learn the cycle and it made a difference. This music video had mad a mark on me and my grade.

    music video that helped me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TGg6KyOwc0
    * complex words are included but putting that aside, its a good video


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