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Molecular Maya (mMaya) featured in 3D World magazine 2011-04-19 00:36:59

Check out Eric Keller's great mMaya tutorial in this month's issue of 3D

Accompanying video tutorials are also here:

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Three new videos by Etsuko Uno and Drew Berry added 2010-12-08 09:38:11

You can find these new videos on the Showcase page in the Stem Cells category, and also visit them at WEHI by clicking on each of the screenshots below.

Breast Stem Cells An overview of the human mammary gland with a focus on the role of breast stem cells during pregnancy. The primary function of the mammary gland is to produce milk to nourish young offspring. The mammary gland is comprised of three main cell types; alveolar, ductal and myoepithelial cells. During pregnancy, the mammary gland increases in size due to the action of breast stem cells, which can mature into any of the three mammary gland cell types.

The Control of Breast Stem Cells This animation illustrates how breast stem cells respond to steroid hormone despite the cells not having any steroid receptors. The animation illustrates the research published in Nature (Vol 465, Issue 7299, 2010) by the laboratory of Jane Visvader and Geoffrey Lindeman.

The Origin of Breast Cancer This animation visualises research published in Nature Medicine (Vol 15, Issue 8, 2009) by the laboratory of Jane Visvader and Geoffrey Lindeman. The mammary gland is comprised of three main cell types; alveolar, ductal and myoepithelial cells. Breast stem cells can develop into any of the three cell types through a series of intermediate cell stages. One intermediate is the luminal progenitor cell, which develops into either alveolar or ductal cells. The paper describes how an aberrant form of a luminal progenitor cell is involved in the development of some forms of breast cancer.

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Molecular Animators in the NY Times! 2010-11-16 11:15:29

An article in The New York Times published yesterday, entitled "Where Cinema and Biology Meet," featured interviews with fellow animators Gael McGill, Janet Iwasa and Drew Berry. Click here to see the article, and please feel free to revisit this post to leave a comment.

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Drew Berry is Nominated a 2010 MacArthur Fellow! 2010-09-28 16:28:57

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Drew Berry's "Malaria Life Cycle" part 2 added 2008-12-22 06:32:48

Drew has now completed the second part of his malaria lifecycle animation. The movie describes the events in the mosquito host and can be seen in the "Showcase" section (under the "Viruses / Infectious Disease" section).

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Yan Liang & Gardenia Gonzalez Gil movies added 2008-08-14 06:32:15

Four new movies have just been added to the Showcase:

2 superb chemistry animations by Yan Liang were added to the "Chemistry/Organic Synthesis" section:

- Melamine-PTCDI Self-Assembly on Si(111)-Ag Surface
- Si(111) Surface 7×7 Reconstruction

You can also check out more of Yan's work (both animated and stills) on his website:

2 great movies by Gardenia Gonzalez Gil in the "Disease/Immune System" section:

- Crohn's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis

Gardenia's website is here:

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Siggraph 2008 2008-07-27 06:31:37

For those of you who are planning to attend this year's Siggraph in Los Angeles, there are at least 2 events that are "musts" - both are "Birds of a Feather" sessions:

Biomedical Visualization (organized by Drew Berry, WEHI)
Tuesday August 12th - L.A. Convention Center
3 - 4:30 PM, in room 501A

Molecular Graphics (organized by Michael Pique, Scripps)
Wednesday August 13th - L.A. Convention Center
1:30 - 2:30 PM, in room 501A

Also, Etsuko Uno's stunning animation "Clonal Selection Theory" (currently featured on the homepage of and otherwise to be found in the "Disease & Immune System" section of the Showcase) has been selected for the animation theater - congrats Etsuko!

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Siggraph 2007 2008-07-24 00:00:00

Here is a great snapshot (from Eddy’s camera) while we were all visiting Art Olson’s lab at the Scripps Research Institute (
From left to right:

Eddy Xuan (AXS3D & UToronto), David Goodsell (Scripps), Violeta Ivanova (MIT), Eric Keller (Freelance), Janet Iwasa (Harvard/MGH), Drew Berry (WEHI), Gael McGill (Harvard Medical School & Digizyme), unknown (sorry!), Graham Johnson (Scripps) and V Owen Bush (Molecularium). Click on the picture to expand.

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Drew Berry, Etsuko Uno & other movies added 2008-06-13 06:31:06

Additions & updates include:

- Etsuko Uno's "Clonal Selection Theory" animation (in the 'Disease & Immune System' section)

- Drew Berry's "Golgi/ER Visualization" animation (in the "Translation" section)

- Revised "Early Events in Reovirus Entry" animation by Gael McGill & Janet Iwasa now includes text commentary.

- "Dengue Virus Entry" - created as a collaboration between Digizyme (Janet Iwasa, Gael McGill) & XVIVO (Michael Astrachan) for WGBH's

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Rendering for Compositing tutorial now online 2008-06-13 06:30:29

This tutorial by Eric Keller serves as an introduction to Maya's render layers and shows how multiple render passes (color, depth, occlusion etc) can be composited together in After Effects.

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Embryo modeling now online 2008-05-01 06:29:24

A great tutorial by Eric Keller that introduces polygonal and subdivision surface modeling techniques.

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Dictyostelium tutorial now online 2008-04-24 06:28:55

An "all-around" tutorial (like the "Villus Capillary" tutorial) that touches on many different aspects of Maya and is meant as a review of introductory concepts. The tutorial is separated into multiple scenes relating to the life cycle of the "social amoeba" Dictyostelium.. scene1: amoeba feeding, scene 2: amoeba aggregation, scene 3: slug migration, and scene 4: fruiting body formation (the latest scene is not actually part of this version yet and will be added at a later time).

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