I am very proud to say I am a friend of David Bolinsky, a medical illustrator, whose pioneer work has already changed the way students learn Molecular Biology and will influence millions of other students in the nearest future. In the second part of the talk David shows what he has been doing for his new company, Emersion Learning. Aren’t those animations just amazing? I believe this is how all scientific books should look like.
Nature Journal highlighted biomedical illustration as an exsiting field, which helps researchers show the beauty of the work they are doing. Animations make complex things much easier to comprehend. The future of biology can’t be seen without substantial progress in biomedical illustration.
Have you ever watched the The İnner Life Of The Cell movie? You should. I’ve watched it many times, but I can’t get tired of that real beauty. The beauty of reality.
This video was produced by the scientific animation company XVIVO for the BioVisions program at Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. The fascinating animation sheds light to what’s happening beneath the membrane of a leukocyte that interracts with an endothelial cell. You can see the cytosceleton, assembling actine fibers and microtubules, protein synthesis in the cytoplasm, a vesicle leaving Golgi apparatus and excreating what it had inside into the extracellular space and, of course, the kinesin, which paces proudly along the microtubule carrying its heavy load – a vesicle.
There’s another amazing video – Powering the Cell: Mitochondria « XVIVO. This one shows the ATP production in the mitochondia – a rather complex set of processes to understand if one’s just reading the description. I think this is how all textbooks should look like, especially in such complicated subjects as Biology. At some point of time in the future I hope to open up one of those books, or should I say click ‘play’?
Read more about miraculous scientific animations in New York Times