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Kil
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Posted - 02/20/2007 :  18:21:13  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
I found this over at the Skepticality site. Is this cool or what?

DNA wrapping and replication animation.

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Randy
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Posted - 02/20/2007 :  18:26:38   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Randy a Private Message
That earns a major WOW factor!

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HalfMooner
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Posted - 02/20/2007 :  23:35:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
I'll say! I had no idea that these processes happened with such speed, equivalent to the rotation speed of a jet engine turbine.


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Dude
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Posted - 02/20/2007 :  23:45:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
quote:
I'll say! I had no idea that these processes happened with such speed,


Most cellular processes happen very rapidly.


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beskeptigal
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Posted - 02/21/2007 :  02:35:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
Amazing.
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filthy
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Posted - 02/21/2007 :  05:44:02   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
This is something I know exactly nothing about. What did I just watch?




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Kil
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Posted - 02/21/2007 :  08:09:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by filthy

This is something I know exactly nothing about. What did I just watch?





You saw how a six foot strand (molecule) of DNA wraps itself up to become one of several chromosomes that fit nicely into a single cell. You saw how all that information is stored in a very tiny place. Then you saw how it replicates itself, allowing for cell division and passing the identical information on to the new cell.

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filthy
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Posted - 02/21/2007 :  08:34:50   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kil

quote:
Originally posted by filthy

This is something I know exactly nothing about. What did I just watch?





You saw how a six foot strand (molecule) of DNA wraps itself up to become one of several chromosomes that fit nicely into a single cell. You saw how all that information is stored in a very tiny place. Then you saw how it replicates itself, allowing for cell division and passing the identical information on to the new cell.

Oh. Okay. It's not all that difficult to grasp, is it? I'll go back and watch it a couple more times. It really is a neat presentation, as might be expected from PZ.

Thanks!




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Edited by - filthy on 02/21/2007 08:37:34
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Kil
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Posted - 02/21/2007 :  08:58:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
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Filthy:
Oh. Okay. It's not all that difficult to grasp, is it?

Well, the truth of it is that the process is very complicated and would probably take much more than this film to understand it completely. But it is a great introduction to a fascinating subject. Plus, the animation is just plain cool…

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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