Machinery on the Micron Scale
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The Cell: An Image Library
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collects visualizations of single-cell structures, mechanisms and events. (via
Due to the visual spectacularity factor, this site is biased toward eukaryotic organisms, but features many species
. The main page also allows sorting by process, component, and cell type.
Keep in mind: none of the processes have intention, but rather result from complex physical interactions. For example, the featured animation for the process of clathrin-mediated endocytosis
shows the clathrin shell magically forming. Our current understanding would suggest that clathrin triskelions bind to an adaptor protein
, thus leaving individual binding events to be statistical, dependent on diffusion of the triskelions.
With that caveat, this site may provide some visual understanding of the intricate cellular processes that enable life.