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Spectacular Visualization of DNA Replication

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DNApolymerase.JPG

Click the image for the animation

 

This animation is of DNA polymerase replicating both the leading and lagging strand of DNA.

 

This is a visualization of a group of molecules that are smaller than the wavelength of visible light, copying the instructions of life. It a spectacular animation of a process going on inside all of our bodies a billion times over as you watch it on the screen.

 

The molecular sized machines at work here are built according to instructions found in the very DNA they could be replicating. The instructions in DNA describe how to build molecular sized machines, proteins, that carry on both chemical and mechanical activity.

 

Enjoy!

 

Thanks to http://www.wehi.edu.au

 

Jerry

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That's pretty cool, indeed. :)

 

However, I think the link you tied to your image may not be correct (it had a trailing .gz which didn't work on my machine). Others can try here instead:

 

http://www.wehi.edu.au/wehi-tv/dna/movies/Replication_BR.mov

 

Hence the fact I didn't download it straight away, if I haven't heard of a file ending something is up.

 

Especially bad when it has 2 file endings as then it just looks suspect.

 

Can't say the file is playing to well on my computer, think it must be codex problem, any chance of have an .avi copy of it.

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Is DNA as colourful as that? Or, are the colours just for clarifying what is occuring? Amazing stuff.

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colors are arbitrarily asigned as the blobs represent individual atoms which of course are smaller than the wavelengths of visable light. We will never be able to actually "see" them.

 

Jerry

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