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Science: explained!

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Below is one of the best videos I’ve seen for visualizing genetics, inheritance and epigenetics.  When I was an undergrad, the field of epigenetics was on the bleeding edge of discovery, and I was left with a hazy idea of what epigenetics might be.  After watching the inspired video below, I now feel more comfortable with the concept of genetic tags…although if asked to explain it I’d likely used a metaphor involving lengths of rope and push pins.

The Epigenetics of Identical Twins

Identical twins are indistinguishable as children but they develop physical differences when they become adults. This video uses a creative approach – pieces of rope and everyday objects – to explain one reason for this: the chemical changes that cells make to chromosomes.

What do you think about the scientific content?  The presentation?  And, if asked, could you explain epigenetics?

As for the video, it is one of the winners in an international science challenge:

For the past seven years a panel of experts in the visualisation of science, brought together by the US National Science Foundation and the journal Science, have selected the photographs, graphics, illustrations and video that best aid the explanation of science and scientific findings for the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

The entries are judged for their scientific significance, freshness and originality, as well as their composition and drama.  In 2009, there were 130 entries from 14 countries. The winners include a salt-munching desert microbe, a walk-in network of endothelial cells and ball-throwing nanobristles, chosen across five categories: photography, illustration, informational graphics, interactive media and non-interactive media. See some of the winners in our gallery:Visualization Challenge: Prizewinning pictures

(via New Scientist)


Written by morethangray

February 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm

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  1. I like it a lot. There’s a real art in illustrating science so that it may be percieved by the general layman. It’s done well here.

    tom sheepandgoats

    February 20, 2010 at 7:48 am

  2. Desde cuando en este posdt se discuten estas cosas Creeo quee estais muy por encima de esto

    February 12, 2015 at 2:27 am

  3. Soy extremadamente impresionado ccon sus habilidades de escritura y
    también con el diseño de su blogs. Es este un tema
    pagado o ¿has modifidar usted mismo? De todos modos mantener el buen escritura excelente calidad, es raro ver a un buen gran blog como éste hoy.

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