Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ribosome Animation

For a while I thought I would be only science blog that would make it through October without mentioning the Nobel Prize. But via Chemical Blogspace I came across this video interview of the 2009 Nobel Prize co-winner in Chemistry Venki Ramakrishnan posted on The Sceptical Chymist (note: spell-check when you name your blog!):
During the interview they show some stunning molecular animations of the ribosome in action, which are credited to Said Sannuga and Ramakrishnan. I wonder ... Sure enough there are several very interesting animations on Ramakrishnan's web site. The screencast above shows a few seconds of one of them. For the rest, go to the site and have a look.

4 comments:

daen said...

The Sceptical Chymist ... spell-check when you name your blog!

It's a reference to Robert Boyle's 1661 book "The Sceptical Chymist or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes"

polaritythread < said...

If you haven't already, check out:

www.molecularmovies.org

for more animations.

Jan said...

Daen - ;-)

polaritythread - wow! Thanks for that link.

polaritythread said...

Jan - It's a very small community, but it's growing. The difficulty associated with making some of these animations can be very high. Look at for example, Drew Berry's style. The DNA replication is a classic. or:

http://www.molecularmovies.com/movies/berry_apoptosis.html