Life in 3D - the movie

Diving into the heart of the molecules of life

DVD vide

Taking atomic snapshots is very important to biologists who want to understand the architecture of the macromolecules that make up our cells. However, these nano-objects are far too small to be observed with a microscope. This is why other methods such as X-ray crystallography are needed to provide accurate images at an atomic scale. This film, "Diving into the heart of the molecules of life," follows the different steps of a crystallographic study and describes the work of researchers at CNRS (ARN laboratory, Institut de Biologie Mol├ęculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg), from the purification of a macromolecule from living cells, its crystallisation and the analysis of the crystals using synchrotron radiation, to the assembly of a three-dimensional image. This movie covers several aspects of scientists' work which are not widely known: the cloning of biomolecules, the use of large instruments such as synchrotron X-ray sources, and 3D visualisation.

This film is distributed under the Creative Commons licence.

Direction: Dominique Sauter
Script: Claude Sauter
Production: Dominique Sauter & Claude Sauter
Contact: c.sauter[AT]


French teaser (322 Mo)

FR: Plongée au coeur des molécules du vivant (791 Mo)

UK: Diving into the heart of the molecules of life (788 Mo)

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