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vega's Avatar Comment 1 by vega

haha - I was waiting for this to turn up here. It's brilliant!

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 14:55:00 UTC | #413446

wjfox's Avatar Comment 2 by wjfox

Fascinating stuff. This has to be one of the best scale diagrams I've ever seen.

It's also amazing to think we can produce computer components on the scale of viruses, e.g. the latest 32nm chipset (we'll even reach 11nm in a few years).

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 15:03:00 UTC | #413448

SaintStephen's Avatar Comment 3 by SaintStephen

What will Orrin Hatch and Moroni think about this kind of stuff being done in Utah?

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 15:57:00 UTC | #413454

alphabravo's Avatar Comment 4 by alphabravo

A very cool little application, I never thought bacteria and viruses were as small as that, the amoeba seems positively enourmous in comparison!

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 16:42:00 UTC | #413460

ekted's Avatar Comment 5 by ekted

My brother, a graphic designer, saw this site and commented that it was too bad they didn't put the coffee bean and carbon atom next to each other for comparison. I did some quick calculations and told him that at 1200dpi, if the carbon atom was 1 pixel, the coffee bean would be about a half mile (0.8 km).

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 16:49:00 UTC | #413462

TIKI AL's Avatar Comment 6 by TIKI AL

So size DOES matter?

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 17:52:00 UTC | #413473

superwolf's Avatar Comment 7 by superwolf

Can't remember who, on this site, first recommended this but it's more amazing to me. Thanks, to whomever.

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 18:28:00 UTC | #413480

toyboatt's Avatar Comment 8 by toyboatt

I teach high school biology and have shown this to students in class. One that that confuses me is the apparent size of the chromosome; it looks way too big to fit 23 into that red blood cell! I wonder if they measured only length and just had an artist do the width...

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 19:06:00 UTC | #413487

Jos Gibbons's Avatar Comment 9 by Jos Gibbons

Comment #431827 by toyboatt

The diagram is completely accurate; an X chromosome unravelled in the shape shown really is that big. DNA normally squeezes into a smaller place by becoming a coiled coiled coil [sic]. The text of the page gives a brief mention of the coiling issue when it explains in detail how the chromosome compares to a sperm.

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 20:20:00 UTC | #413496

Mr Blue Sky's Avatar Comment 10 by Mr Blue Sky

red blood cells have no nucleus so no DNA, great slide BTW

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 20:21:00 UTC | #413497

Billy Sands's Avatar Comment 11 by Billy Sands

Most species do have red blood cells with nuclei. Mamals are different (with the exception of the camel)

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 00:10:00 UTC | #413519

Haricots's Avatar Comment 12 by Haricots

Comment #431837 by Jos Gibbons

(Not necessarily a correction.)
Just to make it clear, the chromosome shown is very tightly wound together.
It's typically like that only when cells divide.
In the other parts of the cell cycle large parts of the chromosome is unwound to make the DNA accessible to the RNA polymerase.

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 01:13:00 UTC | #413530

DamnDirtyApe's Avatar Comment 13 by DamnDirtyApe

University of Utah for the win!

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 01:47:00 UTC | #413531

rod-the-farmer's Avatar Comment 14 by rod-the-farmer

The Nikon site is very nice. You may also like this one, which explores the different sizes of things we see when we look up at the sky.

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 06:31:00 UTC | #413547

Reckless Monkey's Avatar Comment 15 by Reckless Monkey


Sun, 15 Nov 2009 11:05:00 UTC | #413557

Muetze's Avatar Comment 16 by Muetze

Isn't a bird's egg technically a cell, too?

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 17:21:00 UTC | #413593

clunkclickeverytrip's Avatar Comment 17 by clunkclickeverytrip

This is a great tool to help visualize size of biological entities. It also effectively takes you back in time in the Earth's history, starting at 4.5 billion years ago with the atoms gradually building into small chemical precursors for the biological molecules that could drive reproduction and evolution of larger and larger entities.

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 19:03:00 UTC | #413606