through the molecular gel. A ribosome formulates
proteins while floating in the bisque, and binds
itself to the membrane of a nucleus.
Mitochondria dynamos clone themselves
by binary fission, elongating and splitting in two.
Kinesins and dyneins walk along microtubules,
waving their cargo overhead like helium balloons.
Chloroplasts reap solar energy in chlorophyll
cells that keep plants green and lush.
The first in a planned series of animations for Harvard University's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, "The Inner Life of the Cell" takes undergrads beyond textbooks and vividly illustrates the mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. This animation explores the different cellular environments in which these communications take place.
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