VSL:SCIENCE // Take a crash course in molecular biology

MolecularMovies.org is a clearinghouse for animated illustrations of otherwise obscure cellular and genetic processes. There are 96 films in all, and they span the spectrum from conception to debilitating disease.

We recommend starting at the beginning, with “Embryonic Development” (which features a cell that begins to replicate even as it floats down the fallopian tube), and working your way down to the section devoted to dangerous pathogens: You’ll see the Dengue virus entering a host cell, the development of an E. coli cell, and a malaria parasite that passes — through a mosquito’s proboscis — into capillaries and on to the liver and blood cells it’s about to destroy.

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