David Bolinsky and his team (a company called XVIVO) illustrate complex scientific and medical concepts with computer animation. He has worked with the BioVision initiative of Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. At a talk at TED2007, he showed a video clip from his animation entitled “The Inner Life of a Cell.” The following is excerpted from this talk:
“These little walking machines, they’re called kinesins, that take these huge loads that would challenge an ant in relative size.
These various machines that power the inside of the cell are really quite amazing. They are the basis of all life, because these machines interact with each other; they pass information to each other; they cause different things to happen inside the cell; and the cell will actually manufacture the parts that it needs on the fly from information that is brought from the nucleus by the molecules that read the genes. No life would be possible without these micro machines. The kinesin is the FedEx delivery guy of the cell, and he pulls a sack that is full of brand-new manufactured proteins to wherever it is needed in the cell, whether it is to a membrane or to an organelle, whether it is to build something or repair something.
And each of us has about 100,000 of these things running around right now inside each of our hundred trillion cells. It’s quite amazing that these micro-machines are aware enough of what the cell needs that they do their bidding, they work together, they make the cell do what it needs to do, and their working together helps our bodies--huge entities that they will never see--function properly.”
(Friday Church News Notes, January 25, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)