• Notes

    The DNA animations shown in the videos below are derived from a five-part TV series called DNA: The Secret of Life, produced by Neil Patterson Productions (NPP) in collaboration with Windfall Films and James D. Watson to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA. The series was broadcast in the USA by WNET/Thirteen, New York, and in the UK by Channel Four; it has since been broadcast in many other countries.


    
The video showing E. O. Wilson demonstrating chemical communication among ants is derived from a NOVA TV show called Lord of the Ants, also produced by NPP and Windfall in collaboration with Ed Wilson and broadcast by WGBH, Boston; it, too, has been broadcast in many countries over the past several years.

    
The series on DNA won an Emmy in 2005 for Best Science, Nature, and Technology Show and also won the 2003 Grierson Award, UK, for Best Documentary on Science or the Natural World, the 2003 Indie Award, UK, for Best Science Documentary Series, and the 2005 Golden Eagle Award for Best Science Documentary in the USA

    The Dolan DNA Learning Center at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory also developed a related set of teaching materials for high school students:



    
(1) an Interactive DVD, which won the 2004 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA) for Best Interactive Production – Factual;


    (2) an interactive Website (DNAi), which won the 2003 Scientific American Award for Best Science Website;



    
NPP and Windfall also produced a Museum Movie that is shown in Science Museums around the world (e.g., the Museum of Natural History in New York shows it several times a day in a purpose built theatre to students from elementary and high schools) and Alfred Knopf published a book by James D. Watson and Andrew Berry, who teaches at Harvard University in the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology. A second edition of this book is now being written.



    
The DNA project was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ($2,000,000), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute ($2,000,000), Channel Four, UK ($750,000), and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill ($500,000, which was provided by GlaxoSmithKline).



    Lord of the Ants was funded by Life Technologies Foundation, by Gordon and Betty Moore and by their foundation, and by the Teach Green Foundation and the Nurture Nature Foundation.



    
Drew Berry (not to be confused with Andrew Berry) did the animations for this TV series on DNA. In his TED Talk, shown below, Drew demonstrates the use of animations to explain biological processes that occur at a scale too small to film.


    
Neil Patterson initiated and helped develop an introductory biology text for science students at colleges and universities. It is written by a group of authors in the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Department at Harvard University and is called Morris et al: How Life Works. This text — purchased by Macmillan, an imprint owned by Von Holtzbrinck — is in its second edition now.


    
When Patterson served as co-founder of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation he also initiated and helped develop an introductory biology text for high school students called How Life Works, which is published by Apple, Inc. and is available to teachers and students free of charge on the Apple iPad and iPhone. An anonymous donor provided funds, about $12,000,000, to pay for development of this project.


































  • "Lung Anatomy Explorer" courtesy of iSO-FORM LLC



  • "Virtual Liver" courtesy of iSO-FORM LLC



  • "Skull Viewer" courtesy of iSO-FORM LLC














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