7. SUSPENDED ANIMATION IS WITHIN OUR GRASP
Mark Roth, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Listen to Mark Roth and learn how a toxic gas could one day save lives. In an effort to avert death, Roth uses hydrogen sulfide to slow the body’s metabolism to the point of deanimation, reducing its demand for oxygen and gaining time for life-saving treatment. An injectable form already has passed phase 1 clinical trials.
FILMED FEBRUARY 2010, 18 MINUTES
8. ON THE VERGE OF CREATING SYNTHETIC LIFE
Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute
If you produced a new species of bacteria, what would you name it? In his 2008 talk, Craig Venter shares his research into the synthesis of chromosomes to engineer new species of bacteria. His goals include the production of fuels from CO2 and the development of new vaccines.
FILMED FEBRUARY 2008, 16 MINUTES
9. ANIMATIONS OF UNSEEABLE BIOLOGY
Drew Berry, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Sit back, watch and be amazed as Drew Berry animates DNA replication. Berry’s animations provide an accurate glimpse into the cellular processes occurring in the body. As you watch, you’ll visualize DNA inside the nucleus, view mitosis and watch the kinetochore perform.
FILMED MAY 2011, 10 MINUTES
10. ANIMATING A CELL
David Bolinksy, formerly of XVIVO
Medical illustrator David Bolinsky and his team at XVIVO partnered with scientists at Harvard University to capture the beauty of science. XVIVO’s fascinating animations provide an educational tool and create an appreciation for the cell’s complexity. They may even offer relief as we are reminded that even when we are lazy our bodies are working hard.
FILMED MARCH 2007, 10 MINUTES
11. BONUS: ON GROWING NEW ORGANS
Anthony Atala, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
While this TEDTalk has a regenerative medicine focus, it is quite impressive and well worth an extra 20 minutes. Anthony Atala’s goal to make his patients better may seem straightforward, but his means of doing so are extraordinary. Learn how he engineers in the lab organs for transplantation. You’ll see functional blood vessels, bladders and even a two-chambered heart printed from a desktop printer in 40 minutes.
FILMED OCTOBER 2009, 18 MINUTES