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Sep 01, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 15)

Protist Movie Database

URL:protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/movies/htmls/indexe.html
  • Numerous movies
  • Narrowly focused
Is there a more deceivingly attractive collection of organisms than the protists? At a microscopic level, the protists are some of the most beautiful cells on earth, but what a collection of woes they cause! If you want to nose in and spy on these cells, the Protist Movie Database is the place to go. Hosted by Japan Science and Technology, Protist Move Database likely has the largest collection of movies of these organisms to be found on the web. Organized hierarchically/taxonomically, the site abounds with animations of these little nasties in action. Don’t come to the site expecting Oscar-winning performances, and you won’t be disappointed One disappointment you may notice, though, is that the web code is not tight, and produces gibberish text in places, depending on your browser. This needs fixing.
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