Beautiful Animations of Cellular Processes

The professional animator and molecular biologist Janet Iwasa at Harvard Medical School is generating beautiful animations of cellular processes such as proteasome structure and function or endocytosis. Importantly, she has published these on her website with a Creative Commons license so that everyone has access to them. She has been interviewed by EarthSky, where she explains why she became a molecular animator.

Movie about the proteasome structure:

http://iwasa.hms.harvard.edu/project_pages/proteasome/downloads/proteasome_structure.mov

Movie about chromosome segregation:

https://iwasa.hms.harvard.edu/project_pages/CIN/downloads/normal.mov

Movie about protein translocation (movement of proteins across membranes):

https://iwasa.hms.harvard.edu/project_pages/translocation/downloads/posttranslational_translocation_euk.mov

There are plenty of other beautiful animations and illustrations on her website and I highly recommend that anyone with an interest in cell biology should explore those.

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