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An excellent narrated animation of the processes involved in biological productive nanosystems, here visualizing the molecular biology's most central "dogma". The video is based on scientific data describing molecular structure and function, showing animations of DNA coiling, replication, transcription and translation. It was created by Drew Berry of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. It even shows molecular machines operating at real-time speeds.

According to metamodern.com: "What is striking about the videos how much Drew gets right, and how well he handles the necessary cheats forced on animators by the impossibility of showing the millions of random molecular motions that typically occur between the significant biomolecular events."

Watch the video below. Or, as the (otherwise serious) narrator says at one point: "One, two, three, ....go!"

The original movies can be found here [wehi.edu.au]. See also Life inside a Cell.



I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Drew and learning more about his work. What's amazing about these video is just how much detailed research Drew does, delving deep into medical literature for months to make sure the models, motion, scale and timescale are scientifically correct. I believe even the proteins are folding accurately. He screened a video of his work illustrating the lifecycle of malaria. Such a creepy film, makes you realize how complex and insidious that organism is. Sends shivers down my back just remembering it!

Fri 30 Jan 2009 at 10:10 PM

Gorgeous stuff. Including handling the "cheats". Inspiring work.

Sun 01 Feb 2009 at 2:34 PM
Michael M. Butler

Truly inspirational. The best animation of these processes I've ever seen.
Now how do we bring them into Virtual Environments and make them interactive?

Tue 03 Feb 2009 at 10:07 AM

Amazing! Wish I saw these as an undergrad. Brilliant work.

Thu 12 Feb 2009 at 3:53 AM

Ooops! Boy. Iam preparing for an exam in Pharmacology on Monday 5th October and was looking at excretion of drugs when I accidentally pounced on this! Got no words for it. I wish there were more of this in other areas of science. Makes you "live" through it. I should give you four Oscars for this!

Sun 04 Oct 2009 at 1:47 AM
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