This 2.5D animation takes place at the molecular level in human muscle tissue. The molecules are stylized and simplified for simplicity and the colors are strong and saturated to show contrast in the various complex structures. This project really highlighted the fascinating world of molecular biology and showed how 3D animation can make complicated processes better understood.

Shenhav Cohen, assistant professor of biology at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, wanted an animation that visualized the complexities of her research and explained step-by-step how the ubiquitination process selectively destroys molecular structures in muscle.

“We focus on the mechanisms promoting myofibril disassembly and degradation by probing the functions of certain atrophy-related ubiquitin ligases. Our goal is to identify key players in order to develop countermeasures to block or attenuate this debilitating process.”

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