Saturday, October 24, 2009

How A Virus Invades Your Body

... And how our immune system fights back.

"Most of the time, after a struggle (when you get a fever and need to lie down), your immune system rebounds, and, in time, so do you."
- NPR: Flu Attack!


Anonymous said...

Loved it!

Shows the power of multimedia to teach.


Mediterranean kiwi said...


Margaret Polaneczky, MD (aka TBTAM) said...


Still, I was a little surprised (and disappointed ) that not a single cell structure was named - it might act like a lock and ket, but it's called a cell receptor and viraL membrane protein. The copier? A ribosome.

The media really dumbs things down almost too much, don't you think?

I went looking and found the original video. If you're not aren't afraid of a few new vocabulary words, it's worth watching.

Thanks again for pointing out this video.

Bix said...

That zirus video was great. Thanks, Margaret.

NPR has changed in the last 5 years or so - their choice of story, their language, and even their slant.

Ronald said...

The dumbing down of NPR. There's a huge story there.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the same folks that created "The Inner Life of a Cell." Sometimes the less technical format has a beauty all its own.

Here's the captivating melodic version of "The Inner Life of The Cell."

Below is the technical version delivered in a sleep inducing, detached, baritone voice. Still fascinating and informative to watch on an intellectual level, but lacking that enthusiastic spark. A sin for those in the business of inspiring young minds. Another burst of creativity and who knows.....the two styles merged.

Bix said...

Those two Inner Life Of A Cell videos were excellent. I liked them both. The first one played up the sense of awe. How can you not feel awe. The second made me want to go back to college and re-learn everything. For me it was all about a drawing in a text book. Which was still awe-inspiring.

Perovskia said...

Those videos were very cool.

Leonard said...

Um once again, I'm still lucky in this department (like the fatty doughnut cheeseburger post). My last cold was January 2005 and it lasted two days, and as far as I know, I've only had the flu once back in the 90's and it also lasted two days. I really think being sick is in your head...ya know, like a mental thing. I tell my self I don't get sick...and...well, I don't get sick. If I do get sick I tell myself it won't last, and it never does, like I've never been sick "for days"...who has time for that? ;) peace