Flu by XVIVO

David Bolenski and the folks at XVIVO (yes, the same folks you all know and love) made a cool animation depicting the life-cycle of influenza!

You can find the long, ‘scientific’ version here, or a simplified explanation for NPR here:

H/T to Optimus Primate!

Disclaimer for stupid Creationists that want to plagiarize this animation for some reason or another– While David & company are as scientifically accurate as possible, influenza ‘doesnt really look like that‘. This is an artists rendition. If you steal this, we will know. Like we knew you stole the other animation.


  1. #1 Optimus Primate
    December 1, 2009

    If you dig the NPR version, be sure to check out WNYC Radio Lab when you get time. It’s co-hosted by Robert Krulwich (the NPR dude from the video).

    If you’ve never heard it before, start with the episode “So-Called Life”. It’s one of my favorites.

    Definitely not the deepest exploration of science out there, but for a general-audience radio program, the show never fails to be interesting and well-researched.

  2. #2 Meng Bomin
    December 1, 2009

    But do you think that creationists want to discuss how exquisitely the creator created these viruses to make us miserable and kill us?

    More likely they break this out for part two of their presentation, Evil Intelligent Design: The Devil Makes Things Too!, wherein they explain that because Eve disobeyed God, the Devil had to make viruses to corrupt God’s design or some such nonsense.

  3. #3 Joshua Zelinsky
    December 1, 2009

    Don’t tell them Abbie! Wait for them to get caught and then educate them.

  4. #4 William Wallace
    December 2, 2009

    This is an artists rendition.

    Much like all “evidence” used in documentaries and articles in support of evolution.

  5. #5 LanceR, JSG
    December 2, 2009

    “When you do not know what you’re talking about, your mouth is best used for chewing.” – My grandma

    Could someone get Limp Willy a sandwich?

  6. #6 Optimus Primate
    December 2, 2009

    So, umm, Willy Wally, what about all of the evidence that’s dug out of the ground? You know, the stuff you can actually see and sometimes touch at museums all over the world?* What’s your take on that?

    Wait… Don’t tell me. Let me guess.

    (*I have to admit, the idea of Willy Wally visiting a museum that doesn’t boast saddled dinosaurs gives me a chuckle.)

  7. #7 Prometheus
    December 2, 2009

    “So, umm, Willy Wally, what about all of the evidence that’s dug out of the ground?”

    I do so enjoy the collection of Satan’s sculptures at the Fields museum.

    It does raise the question of why the devil makes them so difficult to find but I’m sure it is all part of the plan. *rubs hands*

    Waddya wanna bet Dembski is running around the institute shouting “NO! NO! Change the print settings to purple on all the fliers! It turns out viruses are purple and immunoglobulins sound like this…. GLURK!”

  8. #8 mo
    December 2, 2009

    *heart* the clathrin coated vesicles and the entry/uncoating

    edit by ERV, lol you cant make hearts here cause of html 😛

  9. #9 mo
    December 2, 2009

    Where is the text I wrote?

    <3 the clathrin coated vesicles and the entry/uncoating.

  10. #10 LanceR, JSG
    December 2, 2009


  11. #11 Blake Stacey
    December 2, 2009

    You have to use HTML entities to make hearts. For example, <3 is written &lt;3.

  12. #12 Equisetum
    December 2, 2009

    From the ‘scientific’ version: “Scientists believe that influenza virus is spread from person to person through exposure to large respiratory droplets, direct contact or airborne dispersal.”

    Gotcha! Faith-based science!

  13. #13 Tyler DiPietro
    December 2, 2009

    Pretty graphics. Sometimes I envy what you can do when you pre-render every frame.

  14. #14 Sili
    December 4, 2009

    That’s adorable. I’m not even sure I dare listen to the sciency version now.


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