Riding a wave of powerful new imaging technologies, three American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) member labs will take you inside the world of living cells with the release, December 5, of three short 2016 Celldance videos at the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Scientists, students, and the public attended the video releases to follow a dendritic immune cell as it races to heal a wound or get up close as cells divide or explore the native environment of secretory cells pushing out vital enzymes. Celldance Studios (also known as the ASCB's Public Information Committee) selected an international mix of three ASCB member labs to produce this year's "Tell Your Own Cell Story" videos. All three Celldance 2016 video are now available for public viewing and free downloading for non-profit and educational purposes from the Vimeo links provided below. "Cell Division: Live & Up Close" from Daniela Cimini's group at Virginia Tech's Biocomplexity Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, challenges viewers to "Close your eyes and try to picture yourself dividing." The film shreds old high school textbook diagrams of cell division and replaces them with a pulsing, action-packed mystery story with "high stakes" health impacts. (Daniela Cimini: https://vimeo.com/193753945/38c3a4a14a) "The Big Squeeze: What Dendritic Cells Do to Fight Infection" is from the lab team of Matthieu Piel at the Institut Curie and the Institut Pierre-Gilles des Gennes in Paris, France. It follows dendritic cells as they squeeze their way through the tangled extra-cellular matrix to alert the body's immune system to an open wound. (Matthieu Piel: https://vimeo.com/193754229/305f258b22).
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