During the week of Sept. 23 through Sept. 27 we continued the discussion of the cell–via a film called The Hidden Life of Cells (BBC, 2012). In this film of about 60 minutes, we saw the machinery of a human cell through the narrative of the invasion of a virus:
This film reveals the exquisite machinery of the human cell system from within the inner world of the cell itself – from the frenetic membrane surface that acts as a security system for everything passing in and out of the cell, the dynamic highways that transport cargo across the cell and the remarkable turbines that power the whole cellular world to the amazing nucleus housing DNA and the construction of thousands of different proteins all with unique tasks. The virus intends to commandeer this system to one selfish end: to make more viruses. And they will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.
Watch the film once more, reviewing the concepts discussed with the help of Campbell’s Biology and Modern Biology textbooks. (This film is part of the class discussion).
If you wish to better visualize the story told in this film, click here–a journey to “an inner universe that is beginning to give up its secrets.”