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Seeing life the way science does: The artistic animations of Drew Berry

Posted by Kasra

I had seen parts of  this animation that beautifully shows the central dogma of molecular biology, without knowing the creator and his other pieces of work. I finally discovered Drew Berry, the artist behind this work through his TED talk. There, he shares his passion and inspirations and shows pieces of his original and recent animations. Excited by the talk, I Googled him and found that has also produced a video describing the life cycle of Plasmodium. The first and second parts of this short but entertaining and educational video can be watched here and here. This video and similar works by this animator can and should be used as powerful teaching aids.

Drew Berry has tried to be as scientifically accurate as possible by getting protein structures from the protein data bank (PDB) and reading research papers to correctly animate the mechanisms according to them. Read more about his work on his website.

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2 thoughts on “Seeing life the way science does: The artistic animations of Drew Berry

  1. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

    • You are right. Too much text can be pretty dry. I would actually like to incorporate figures from the papers that I discuss but they are usually copyrighted material and I do not want to get into trouble. I guess I should cite more open access papers so that I can use their material in the blog!

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