Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fighting an Infection by Sebastian Schauman

Spectacular Science: Fighting An Infection from Sebastian Schauman on Vimeo.



  1. Spectacular science indeed... :-)

  2. Congratulations, Seb! Well done! :)

  3. A well made movie that makes the whole scientific process of fighting an infection easy and clear to understand.

    My only issue is the anthropomorphisation of all the cells.

    I am now in my mid-30s and loved watching similar videos to this as a kid. But now I constantly have to remind myself that single celled organisms don't have mouths, eyes and feelings!

    What I would love to know is if you plan on doing any evaluation of the animation? It would be great to have a pre- and post- watching question "Can you draw what a bacteria looks like?" If in the post evaluation lots of students suddenly draw eyes on their bacteria is that a bad thing since it is not scientifically correct?

    Keep up the great work. I look forward to seeing your future work!

  4. I really enjoyed this film - engaging and smart in terms of its style and references.
    Simon Ofield-Kerr, VC

  5. Great film there Seb, enjoyed this. It made everything clear and easy to understand, plus the end part with the Killer eating everything took me back to my childhood. It reminded me of Final Fantasy 7 so much with the camera movements pulling back from the big dude and the music. :D

  6. I do love your animation. I especially appreciate you showing the proteins on the cell surfaces that need to interact for recognition to occur. I do have a big problem with the last part. I teach immunology in undergrad biology courses. Natural Killer cells and T killer cells (two different cell types) kill infected HOST (ie human body) cells. These Natural Killer and T Killer cells do not engulf or kill pathogens directly. I think you were depicting T Killer cells due to the activation by helper T cells. The infected body cells display a protein on their surface when infected and that triggers the natural killer cells or T killer cells to kill that body cell by sending out proteins that punch a hole in the cell's membrane so the cell leaks out its contents.
    The idea of killer cells engulfing or killing pathogens is a common error if find in my students when they are first learning the very complicated! immune system.