So, Commission. This is the last unit that we will be working on for the first year.
What we are required to do is create a 2 minute 3D animation of the cell cycle/ageing/cancer or all of the three.
What I planned on doing was create a trailer for a platform video game that explains the cell cycle. Each of the phases of cell division would act as a level and the characters would be the cells and anti bodies present in the system of a human body. I thought that I might put the cancer cells as the bad guys (obviously).
Another aspect that I would like to include would be the use of telomerase as a points system to level up.
Here is some information that I found regarding telomerase and telomeres.
telomere is a repeating DNA sequenceat the end
of the body's chromosomes. The telomere can reach a length of 15,000
base pairs. Telomeres function by preventing chromosomes from losing
base pair sequences at their ends. They also stop chromosomes from fusing
to each other. However, each time a cell divides, some of the telomere
is lost (usually 25-200 base pairs per division). When the telomere
becomes too short, the chromosome reaches a "critical length" and can
no longer replicate. This means that a cell becomes "old" and dies by
a process called apoptosis.
Telomere activity is controlled by two mechanisms: erosion and addition.
Erosion, as mentioned, occurs each time a cell divides. Addition is
determined by the activity of telomerase.