New BioVisions Animation: The Mitochondria

13 11 2010

A new biomolecular movie has been released from the same Harvard team that brought us the phenomenal Inner Life of the Cell.  This video is also 100% atomically accurate and depicts the mitochondria which provide the chemical energy that powers the cells of animals (and also have their own DNA because they were originally a separate organism before symbiotically fusing with animal cells).

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2 responses

16 11 2010

While I’m a big fan of the BioVisions productions, I have to say that including the statement “This video is also 100% atomically accurate” is a bit of a stretch. Even though the structures inside the movie may be based on atomic-level detail of actual proteins in mitochondria, the density of things inside the cell is nowhere near the near-vacuum level shown for illustrative purposes in these films.

Consider as an alternative the excellent, but substantially more low-tech drawings of David Goodsell, like the following picture of the inside of a bacteria

These movies are great for instructional purposes, but please people don’t think this is actually what the inside of a cell looks like, or exactly how these proteins move around to do their jobs.

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