IMAGES: Biology Film School

Science  07 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5612, pp. 1493d
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5612.1493d

This collection of peppy movies and teaching animations* brings to life abstract subjects such as the role of calcium in muscle contraction and the DNA shuffling that produces antibody genes. Since last appearing in NetWatch (Science,12 November 1999, p. 1251), the site, from biology professor Malcolm Campbell of Davidson College in North Carolina, has expanded and diversified. It now includes some 60 quick flicks on development, genetics, molecular biology, immunology, and lab techniques. Students can watch a squadron of insistent sperm try to bore into an egg, learn how researchers use microarrays to gauge gene activity, or discover how pathogen molecules trigger B cells to counterattack.

A separate Web theater, hosted by Portland State University in Oregon, enables undergrads and biology novices to polish their understanding of genetics. More than a dozen movies cover topics such as DNA replication, meiosis, and nondisjunction, the failure of chromosomes to separate during cell division.

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