Sunday, 22 April 2012

The Last Project. Of Year One

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.

A 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. (view animation)

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