Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Visualizing the Flagellum with Computer Animation

The video above is an animation of the bacterial flagellum, presenting both its auto-manufacture and function.

"Although this animation does not capture the sheer complexity of the flagellum, it does offer an edifying taste of the intricacy of the nano-machine's self-assembly and function."

As with ATP Synthase, this nanotechnology with embedded auto-manufacture signaling is truly amazing. Try making a motor that makes itself... by deciphering its own instructions. Yet, biology depends on this type of ability.

Additional Reading:
The Molecular Flagellar Clutch of Bacillus Subtilis

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