Cool DNA Video RNA silencing

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Mechanism of RNA silencing; a cool video clip based on the animation from “Nature”. Video material: Nature Magazine; music mix and sound effects by boulderdash.

Please critique. Suitable for classroom use?

Comments

  1. #1 MartinC
    November 10, 2007

    Its not the process as it occurs in mammalian cells as there is clearly an rna-dependent polymerase involved in this video (it isn’t present in mammalian cells).
    Its OK to explain how RNAi works in plants, I suppose.

  2. #2 VWXYNot?
    November 10, 2007

    Absolutely. That’s pretty much the coolest thing I’ve seen all month. You would probably need to break it into sections with annotations though.

  3. #3 OneRandomScientist
    November 10, 2007

    It works great as a cartoony model for teaching the overall process. I don’t like that they combined Drosha and Dicer into one cheesy-looking endonuclease, though.

    Here’s my favorite animation of all time: http://multimedia.mcb.harvard.edu/innerSuper.swf