Thursday, March 12, 2009

Inner Life of the Cell

Germain's recent post on the flu reminded me of a video I watched in Cell and Molecular Biology my sophomore year at Bates. This video was made at Harvard university:

While the colors are added for drama, the organization of the cell and the structures are based on actual models. (The full video from Harvard is 8 minutes and narrated, but I posted this version because I think the music is great).

It was only 50 years ago that Watson and Crick discovered that the structure of DNA is a double helix. It is amazing how far we have come since then. We sometimes take for granted that all of the mechanisms depicted in this video work. However, having studied our molecular mechanisms for the past four years at school, it is truly unbelievable that everything that must happen for us to survive happens so consistently.


  1. Great post, where can you view the complete film?


  2. Thanks for the comment DS. Here's the link to the "Inner Life" video as well as some other Harvard videos:

  3. Its very intelligently designed.



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