Saturday, August 18, 2007

Leukocyte Extravasation

The Inner Life of Cells
Specially created for Harvard biology students, this eight-minute computer-animated film reveals the beauty and hidden cycle of intricate organic mechanisms at work at the molecular level. The focus is on how white blood cells respond and react to external stimuli. Everything that you see in this clip, the unusual orchestra of Nuclei, proteins, and lipids, are actions that are taking place right now in your body, in every individual cell. This includes one of the most surprising sequences - the motor protein plodding along on two pod-like feet along a track, carrying behind it a sphere of lipids. As cartoonish as that sequence looks, biologists report it’s an accurate rendering. The film is the work of a group called XVIVO using NewTek LightWave 3D and Adobe After Effects.

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and this is the music video version:

shorter version: Inflammation happens; good guys are on the way.

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