Saturday, September 02, 2006

Animation for biology education   posted by Fly @ 9/02/2006 01:51:00 PM
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Cellular Visions: The Inner Life of a Cell

This animation demo shows how biology may be taught in the near future.

Caveats:

"In some instances, that meant sacrificing literal accuracy for visual effect. What we did in some cases, with the full support of the Harvard team, was subtly change the way things work," Liebler says. "The reality is that all that stuff that's going on in each cell is so tightly packed together that if we were to put every detail into every shot, you wouldn't be able to see the forest for the trees or know what you were even looking at. One of the most common things we did, then, was to strip it apart and add space where there isn't really that much space."

There isn't a soundtrack to explain what you are seeing and the animation sequences jump too much for teaching. However, if you know some microbiology you can recognize much of what is being shown.