The Inner Life of the Cell

Often the illustrations in textbooks depict cells as flat, like a fried egg. I am always reminding students that cells are three-dimensional. Like a balloon or a bubble, they have space inside. This is where the business of the cell happens and where the organelles live, surrounded by cytoplasm.

This incredibly beautiful animation depicts the inner workings of a eukaryotic cell. Harvard University selected the scientific animation company XVIVO to develop an animation that would take the university’s cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell.

This award-winning piece was the first topic in a series of animations XVIVO is creating for Harvard’s educational website BioVisions at Harvard.

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