IMAGES: Starring The Cell

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Science  28 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5748, pp. 597
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5748.597a

Chromosomes caress, tangle, then get wrenched apart as a French torch song plays in “Twisted Sisters,” probably the most touching movie ever made about the first division of meiosis. It's also one of the standouts at the Web site of the Bioclips project, sponsored by the French government. The virtual multiplex displays entrants from the last four rounds of the Cinema of the Cell festival. Held annually at the European Life Scientist Organization meeting, the contest lets researchers and students present their educational Web films, which use techniques from traditional animation to stop-motion with Lego blocks. The more than 30 shorts range from “A Day in the Life of a Social Amoeba” to a work about the establishment of cell polarity in nematodes from auteurs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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