Video: The Majestic World of Molecular Animation

"Powering the Cell: Mitochondria" is a visual feast of molecular animation produced by Bio Visions at Harvard.

Boing Boing just posted "Powering the Cell: Mitochondria," a visual feast of molecular animation produced by the BioVisions program at Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The eye-catching journey into the complex world inside our bodies is BioVision's most recent contribution to the emerging molecular animation field, which is led by Harvard biologist-turned-animator Janet Iwasa, professor and director of life sciences Robert Lue, and biologist/director Drew Berry, all of whom are profiled in the recent New York Times article "Where Cinema and Biology Meet."


It's the motion, says Lue, of these cellular interactions—some of which had previously described or diagramed but never depicted in moving pictures—that distinguishes these videos.

The Times also has a behind-the-scenes video that's very worth watching.

Photo: Robert A. Lue, a still from "Powering the Cell"