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Astonishing documentary: Secret Life – the Hidden Life of the Cell

Posted By aimee whitcroft On November 28, 2012 @ 4:05 pm In Science | 2 Comments

If there’s one thing you watch today (well, other than wall-to-wall coverage [1] of The Hobbit* and perhaps some videos of sorting algorithms explained through folk dance [2]), it needs to be this.

Secret Universe – The Hidden Life Of the Cell [3] from pbbes [4] on Vimeo [5].

In this astonishing hour-long BBC documentary released just a month ago, David Tennant narrates the story of what happens when our basic components – cells – come under attach from a virus (in this case, a common respiratory disease-causing virus, the adenovirus).

Not only is it brilliantly beautiful, but also educational – we don’t just see various spherical (or not) objects interacting, but the molecular details making them up. And it’s genuinely thrilling – I was more gripped watching this than I have been watching major Hollywood blockbusters. Yes, I’m a giant nerd in some ways (especially about this stuff), but it’s also really that good.

When I was doing my molecular biology degree earlier this century, we had nothing so detailed. We had to rely on diagrams and our imagination to provide an understanding of how everything interacted – I’m glad to say, I appear to have gotten it right. Happy thought :)


* For those of us in New Zealand. I managed to escape the insanity occurring in central Wellington by heading as far south for lunch as I could [6] while remaining on the island, huzzah!

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URLs in this post:

[1] wall-to-wall coverage: http://www.thehobbitblog.com/world-premiere-of-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey/

[2] sorting algorithms explained through folk dance: http://misc-ience.co.nz/2012/11/28/sorting-algorithms-explained-through-folk-dance/

[3] Secret Universe – The Hidden Life Of the Cell: http://vimeo.com/52177048

[4] pbbes: http://vimeo.com/user2008581

[5] Vimeo: http://vimeo.com

[6] heading as far south for lunch as I could: http://mymotocyclette.tumblr.com/post/36707409157/today-is-gorgeous-almost-no-wind-and-so

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