Nov 06 2010

The Lives of a Cell

Harvard University has developed an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell, illustrating mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. What is especially nice is the degree of detail devoted to membrane dynamics and glycosylation mechanisms.

It’s a bit dense and rapid-fire for non-biologists, but play it a few times. There is much to learn here. The motorproteins seem uncannily ‘alive’.

Probably the only thing I don’t like is the cheesy, new-age sounding music. I could think of any number of better soundtracks.

Thanks to Ken Carlin for giving me the heads-up about this gem.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “The Lives of a Cell”

  1. Andrea says:

    I need more Attentia.. 🙂 We are amazing beings.

  2. Eric says:

    That is remarkable

  3. Ann says:

    It’s like Disney for scientists. They should make a 3D version. But seriously, it’s amazing that this is going on in our bodies RIGHT NOW!

  4. Angela says:

    I marvel at our design. Stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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