This Video Lets You Follow A White Blood Cell On Its Strange Path

We don't usually think of cells as particularly dramatic. But, as you can see in this video, the life of a white blood cell is fraught with hidden strangeness, beauty, and, yes, drama.

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This video, which was nominated by commenter Kaeleira in response to a call for the most useful scientific visualizations, comes from Harvard University's Biovisions program and was created with the help of the biomedical animators at XVIVO.

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"The Inner Life Of The Cell" shrinks our view down to the size of a white blood cell as it moves through the circulatory system. It's an incredible and rarely seen view of a world that, in both terms of shapes and motions, is more evocative of the strangeness of space or the deep ocean than its relatively mundane surface would suggest.

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I haven't actually seen it, but I think there was an entire movie all about that.