## Saturday, September 30, 2006

### Human genome project: animation

Cosmicvariance.com has declared a weekend of animated molecular biology. The video below arguably has a lower artistic value than the video at cosmicvariance.com (also via John Cobb of Harvard University, a mathematician/philosopher) but it may have a higher pedagogical value. ;-)

 Brought to you by: www.studentedition.com: (ISBN Books/Textbooks Price Search Engine) 3D computer animation illustrating the basics of molecular biology. The animation progresses from cells to the nucleus, chromosomes to DNA, and the scale, structure, and function of the human genome is portrayed. The mechanism of converting genetic instructions into active proteins is explained through accurate 3D animation of the processes of transcription and translation.
When you compare the previous video with the video below, you almost - but not quite - start to understand Wolfram's sentiments that life is just another emergent blah blah blah fractal-like picture. ;-)

 Brought to you by: Dave Kliman: No matter how deep you go, there's always more. This movie took quite a few days to calculate. In 1993, when i first made a poster of ... all » the image i call "blue oyster spiral," which is a zoom at about the 100 Billion X magnification level inside the Mandelbrot Fractal, it took 34 computers 3 days to render it. today, the same poster can be rendered on one typical PC in just a few hours. Of course, since the Mandelbrot Fractal is infinite in nature, i can still easily find spots i want to explore that take a present day computer months to calculate. I'm ambivalent about the fact that no computer will ever be powerful enough to let me see the infinite detail to be seen in there. On the one hand, there will always be more to see, every time i have access to more computing power. on the other, it will never be enough. oh well :-) Music: "Breakaway" by Big Pig. Fractal: animated in much higher resolution than this with fractal extreme.
Note that Dave Kliman zoomed the fractal 10^{33} times. If the size of the fractal were one inch, he has looked to the Planck scale. Surely, physics would change rapidly - it would end here - but the fractals never end. ;-)