The Animated Genome

What Is It?

The Animated Genome is a 5-minute film featuring innovative production design by Sanan Media, the music is Patterns by Danny Elfman.

Using disarmingly simple animations of 2-D people, animals, and molecules, Sanan Media transmits more information about DNA and the human genome using clever images and brisk movement than is typically conveyed by traditional (and often less enjoyable) presentations. The Animated Genome is gracefully produced with an engaging style, a sharp sense of humor, and scientific accuracy.

How Does It Work?

This engaging video is a perfect primer for your biology classroom. In a barrage of perfectly overlapped fundamentals of genomics the animation clearly and simply explains DNA’s triplet code, DNA replication, the ability to offset some genetic tendencies with diet and exercise, sickle cell anemia, and forensic and genealogical uses of DNA. “DNA is pretty durable,” we learn. It “can last for 100,000 years if you don’t get cremated.”

Why Is It Important To Me?

The Animated Genome provides an accessible, educational overview of the human genomes for all ages and is well worth five minutes of your time. Viewers are treated to an entraining video that conveys information about the structure and function of the human genome and its connections to the natural world.

Don’t be surprised if you find yourself watching it more than once!