Harvard Biovisions Video: The Inner Life of a Cell

This video The Inner Life of a Cell by Harvard Biovisions is incredible! I just saw it for the first time today. The complexity of a single cell is unbelievable! I felt as if I were watching a science fiction movie. Who doesn’t think those walking vesicles aren’t cool?

As a geologist, I generally prefer my life fossilized, but this video makes me appreciate living things, too. This video almost makes me want to stop studying rocks and switch to biology. Not quite, though… what would I do with my rock collection?


Evelyn is a geologist, writer, traveler, and skeptic residing in Cape Town, South Africa with frequent trips back to the US for work. She has two adorable cats; enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking; and has a very large rock collection. You can follow her on twitter @GeoEvelyn. She also writes a geology blog called Georneys.

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  1. I liked that, thanks! I made the comment (because I wanted to know too), that the longer version that is narrated explains what's going on there. See The Inner Life of Cell-Full Version. I'm glad I saw the short version first, though, just to enjoy the beauty of it. But I was curious…funky-looking stuff going on there. The longer version is kind of funny in a way, but then I find the oddest things amusing.

  2. WOW.

    Thanks muchly. Both versions are great but I realised about half way through the short version that I had this silly goofy grin of wonderment on my face :) The two of them are definitely keepers and have been downloaded to my science media folder.

  3. What I found funny about the long version was watching it after reading these two commenter's comments:

    it all looks very cosmic but to the layman (me) it looks like close up shots of a colourful selection of lava lamps…maybe some on screen text or narration as to what is supposed to be taking place would be a good idea?

    what the hell is going on with that thing walking on the stick dragging that huge ball behind it?

    Of course the longer version is right there on the side if they were inclined to look – you want narration, here's narration! But it's still verbally technical even as it tells what the "walking stick" is. I can hear these people wanting another video narrating the narrated longer version. And so on, until you get to a meta-video on biology and cells. Which, in a way, is very good. :-)

    Yeah, the poor walking vesicle looks seems like Sisyphus eternally damned to carry cargo to membranes. :-)

  4. >>"Yeah, the poor walking vesicle looks seems like Sisyphus eternally damned to carry cargo to membranes."

    Actually, it did look a little like an animator having a bit of anthropomorphic fun.

    Vague memories of a walking broomstick from 'Fantasia' sprang to mind.

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