Awesome Cell Biology Animations!

1 09 2009
A few red blood cells imaged under a microscope. Red blood cells are an example of non-nucleated cells, meaning cells which lack a nucleus. Because of this feature, red blood cells cannot reproduce themselves. Luckily your body produces about two million per second, so this isn't a problem.

A few red blood cells imaged under a microscope. Red blood cells are an example of non-nucleated cells, meaning cells which lack a nucleus. Because of this feature, red blood cells cannot reproduce themselves. Luckily your body produces about two million per second, so this isn't a problem.

Cell biology is an extremely fascinating field! The amount of detail and the exquisite organization of the cell is mind-blowing. When I read about cell biology I sometimes throw my hands in the air and start shouting the word “What!” and flail my arms around and grab my head. Seriously. It’s unbelievable stuff. And I have some cool resources for you to help you get as excited about cell biology as I am.

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First up, some excellent animations by John Kyrk can be found here. Mr. Kyrk’s animations cover topics from photosynthesis to cell membrane constitution to cellular respiration. I’m particularly fond of the mitochondria animation, because it features ATP Synthase, probably my favorite thing in the universe. Definitely give these animations a look whether you need to brush up on your cell biology or you are just curious about how your cells work. Devastatingly fascinating stuff.

Next, you should check out the live cell videos that I have linked at the right side of this site. The links again are here and here. These videos were made using light microscopes and special fluorescent tags. These tags are fluorescent molecules that can be selectively attached to certain biological molecules within the cell. This lets biologists light up cells like Christmas trees, making organelles and other structures glow for easy observation. Tagging multiple structures allows biologists to visualize the interactions within cells. Definitely spend some time here and check this stuff out. It is truly, truly astounding.

Finally, check out this amazing animation of the inside of a cell. First, one with awesome music and no narration:

Then, one with narration, to help you see what is going on:

Truly amazing. Consider that these processes which you have just observed are responsible for my ability to conceive of and type this post. The same processes are responsible for your ability to read, understand, and be amazed. Our world is astounding beyond belief.

-Neil

Update! Awesome ATP Synthase animation found. It’s good.Click this link!

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