Friday, November 10, 2006

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

KinasePro says that this video brought a tear to his eye. Seriously, why do we need God if the scientific complexity, mystery and beauty of life and its workings are enough to keep us occupied and enthralled all our life? As the inimitable Douglas Adams asked, "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" More than a hundred years ago, we found the answer to the question, "What is the great force holding it all together"- Natural Selection



Among the parts and events I could identify in the video were the actions of muscles (featured as the worm like actin and myosin walking around with 'legs'), neurons, tubulin elongating and reducing in length (the stuff of cell division), the endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomes merrily threading a piece of mRNA, and endocytosis.

2 Comments:

Anonymous K said...

That's an amazing video...saw it at the right time when research was getting frustating and I needed a little motivation...
As far as I could make out, the other parts in the video are: blood flowing in the vessels, the amoeboid 'walk' of a white blood cell and it squeezing through the cell junctions to enter the extra-capillary region, lipid rafts, DNA polymerisation and it being cleaved by a restriction enzyme, the cross-linked polymers of the cell wall, mRNA being shot out of the nuclear pores and then being caught by the ribosomes, a protein being targetted for degradation by the proteasome and the vesicles fusing with the lipid bilayer of the cell membrane.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

That's good! On the site (referenced by KinasePro) you will also find a running commentary that explains what's happening...yes, I completely agree that it's stuff like this that brings some life into otherwise mundane research tasks.

3:16 PM  

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