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Hi!

Please check out the molecular movies showcase, learning sections and toolkit: http://www.molecularmovies.com/toolkit/

This site is maintained by Gael McGill, who also released a biology iBook, called "EO Wilson's life on earth" for free on iPad.

He and collaborator, drew berry, generally use maya, but other solo independent animators and small studios swear by cinema 4D.  Blender is another great option and is free.  It used to have a really bad reputation, but the GUI is much improved recently.  There are many excellent tutorials out there too.

You can also utilize the nih 3d print exchange to find simple usable models, and UCSF chimera + the PDB to find and work with molecules, and export geometry.  It's possible to animate within chimera too.

Janet Iwasa released molecular flipbook (based in blender) to facilitate making animations like this, but I'm not sure the status of the project.  Also, you can use the ascb's the cell; an image library, as a resource, and source of images and movies.

Finally, you may choose to make interactive materials using unity3d, (a great, inexpensive video game engine) to make the "animations".  It works on iOS, android, Mac, PC and Linux.  Even the oculus rift!

Best of luck!
-Jeremy

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>> On 7/2/14 3:36 PM, "Bonny Dickinson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>   Dear Marie, I'm an Assoc Prof at a new medical school in Michigan and
>> I'm interested in learning about medical animation in order to improve my
>> teaching.  I have no training in illustration or art but I'm very
>> interested in developing the skills needed to prepare some animations
>> especially in the field of microbiology and immunology...  where do I
>> begin? I've spent time looking through the web but it isn't clear what is
>> available
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