Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Two of the coolest videos ever

The first is an extraordinary CGI visualization of the internal biomolecular activities of a white blood cell, entitled "The Inner Life of the Cell":

The depictions of the transcription of mRNA into proteins and of vesicles "walking" along microtubules via motor proteins are particularly fascinating. This video has garnered a great deal of interest of late, both in the educational community, and in Hollywood. Have a gander at the Wired article.

The second is a startling bit of micro-cinematography of the real thing, made possible by the use of fluorescent-tagged proteins:

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