The Inner Life of the Cell
In 2006, Harvard University teamed up with XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell.
The Inner Life of the Cell follows a white blood cell’s movement along the endothelium and its response to an external stimulus — a process known as leukocyte extravasation. This widely-acclaimed piece is the first in a series of animations XVIVO has created for Harvard’s BioVisions.
The second installment, titled Powering the Cell: Mitochondria, follows the mechanism of ATP production along the inner mitochondrial membrane.
In 2013, we released The Inner Life of the Cell: Protein Packing, which illustrates the crowded molecular environment present in cells.
Powering the Cell: Mitochondria
XVIVO teamed up with Harvard to develop a 3D animation for their Molecular and Cellular Biology students about the microscopic world of mitochondria. This video highlights the creation of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) – mobile molecules that store chemical energy derived from the breakdown of carbon-based food. ATP molecules act as a kind of currency, imparting chemical energy to power all the functional components of cellular activity. This piece is the second in a series of animations for Harvard’s BioVisions.
The Inner Life of the Cell: Protein Packing
Harvard University and XVIVO come together again to add to the growing series of scientific animations for BioVisions – Harvard’s multimedia lab in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Protein Packing strives to more accurately depict the molecular chaos in each and every cell, with proteins jittering around in what may seem like random motion. Proteins occupy roughly 40% of the cytoplasm, creating an environment that risks unintentional interaction and aggregation. Via diffusion and motor protein transport, these molecules are directed to sites where they are needed.