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Animated cells

It can be hard to get excited about cellular biology, often because these living organisms are presented to us in schools as very flat, dyed, dead, or a color-coded diagram. Not very scintillating stuff.

Enter animator Drew Berry (how awesome is it to be an animator named “Drew”?). Cell biologist by training, Berry gets paid by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia,  to animate everything from the malaria lifecycle to apoptosis. He has animated award-winning documentaries, including “Genes and Jazz,” and his pieces have been exhibited at the Guggenheim, the Centre Pompidou, and the MoMA.

“Berry’s animations are essentially visual review papers, accurate down to the forms of macromolecules and the bonding rates of enzymes.” -Seed Magazine article

Seed Magazine online also produced a video of him as part of their “Revolutionary Minds” series (just as a side note, the series has some amazing people that I may feature later on this blog, but for now explore it on your own and get inspired!). The video has audio of Berry and shows some of the animation, which is really good. I mean, really, really good.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.