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Biology Video and Animation Web sites

Bring to life your class presentations!  We've gathered together some quality Web sites that specialize or are useful for finding videos or animations of biological processes. Use caution in using the resources-- some of these sites are better than others in providing the experimental parameters / protocols that were used to produce the biological phenomenon that is being demonstrated -- the researcher, the cell type, the conditions, etc.

If you know of other video sites, please let us know! Contact Life Sciences Data Services Librarian Sarah Williams.

Site created by Shu-wen Huang and Katie Newman, February, 2008.

On this Page:  Biology / Cell biology  ||  Biodiversity  ||  General Video Sites that include Biological Videos

Biology / Cell biology

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format.  There are several sections of JoVE:  Neuroscience; Immunology & Infection; Clinical and Translational Medicine; Bioengineering; and General.


Search for videos, images, and figures in material published by Springer.  As of 6/2012 there were nearly 2000 videos.


Online tutorials and teaching materials on topics such as Allen Mouse Brain Atlas, ArrayExpress, BLAST, ClustalW2, DCODE, Ensembl, Entrez, FASTA, GEO, HapMap, Map Viewer, PubMed, RefSeq, UCSC Genome Browser, and much, much more.


All users, from the K12 set to researchers, will find the podcasts, postercasts, and videos that are found on SciVee useful. SciVee was designed to allow scientists to talk about their research in their own words, thus enriching their outreach potential by combining video and audio along side their research papers and presentations.  Read more about SciVee.

Currently SciVee is in partnership with the NSF, PLoS, Calit2, and SDSC.  In June, 2009, it was announced that SciVee will be working with Highwire to make videos of material based on articles published by Highwire available, too

Among the highly viewed videos: " Ten simple rules for good presentations"; " Small regulatory RNAs may sharpen spacial expression patterns"; " An Introduction to Mahara"; " Fencing Flamingos".

ASCB Image & Video Library

This site is published by the American Society for Cell Biology. This library has a collection of still images and dynamic videos that covers the field of cell biology in a comprehensive manner.

Example topics: Cell division growth death, cell regulation, cytoskeleton dynamics, etc.

Secrets of the Sequence Video Series

Created by the Center for Life Sciences Education at the Virginia Commonwealth University and sponsored by HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), and NAS (National Academies of Science) and others. The Sequence Video Series offers an way for teachers to incorporate advances in the life sciences from gene research into their teaching. Over 50 videos are available on subjects such as anatomy, bacteria/viruses, bioethics, biotechnology, botany, careers, DNA, evolution, forensic science, genetics/heredity, human health, and insects.

Example topics: A gene called ACE-blood pressure, bar flies-alcoholism, the secret of life-discovery of DNA structure, etc.

BioEd online: Biology Teacher Resources from Baylor College of Medicine

BioEd provides educational resources from Baylor College of Medicine. BioEd online contains streaming video presentation and slide library for biology and related subjects.

Categories: The Cell, Diversity of Life, Heredity, The Human Organism, Interdependence of Life, Evolution.


This site is developed by the University of Texas at Austin. A clearinghouse for quality, rich-media resources for teaching and learning for the Biological Sciences.

Example topics: General biology, cell proliferation signaling pathway, etc.

A place where professors and instuctors can share videos of their lectures. Web site owner is not indicated.

Categories include: Anatomy / Physiology; BioSciences; Bio technology; Chemistry; Genetics; Health Sciences; Medicine; Psychology; and more.  Under Bio Science there are submissions from faculty at Berkely, McGill, UC San Diego, Marine Biological Lab, MIT, Oklahoma State, and more.

LearnersTV/ Biology

This site provides video and animation lectures, live-online tests, and audio lectures. Includes videos from a variety of sources, including MIT's OpenCourseWare. Web site owner is not indicated.

          Example topics: fundamentals of biochemistry, human physiology, general human anatomy, etc.

          Example topics: heart anatomical structures, cell structure, glycolysis, etc. Scientific Video Site

A collection of varieties of biology videos. was started to allow a self-growing community to share videos of their studies, lectures and seminars. It was set up in 2007 by Nazir Okur, a molecular genetics graduate student at the University of Illinois.

Example topics: translational medicine, muscle contraction, bacteriophage T4, etc.


A life science online video sharing community, and a top destination to watch and share biology and life science related videos worldwide through the web.

Example topics: apoptosis in fluorescence,  protein structure, DNA repair, etc.

Cells alive!

Film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms by James A. Sullivan, a scientific graphical artist. This site has won numerous awards over the past 15 or more years. Includes some interactive animations.

Topics: Cell biology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Microscopy.

JCB (Journal of Cell Biology)

The Journal of Cell Biology specializes in cell biology and is a particularly rich source of authoritative videos. Unlike the general HighWire search engine, JCB's search engine provides a way to scope your search to videos.

To find videos: In the "Search Figure and Table Legends" field, search for 'video' along with the subject of interest. Articles that have matching video supplements will be found. Once you've found an article of potential interest, click on the "Supplemental Material Index" to locate the videos that are attached to the article.

Example search: video Golgi

JCB DataViewer (Journal of Cell Biology)

New from the Journal of Cell Biology.  Not a resource for videos, but rather a browser-based application for viewing original image files from various types of microscopes and gel-documentation systems associated with JCB articles. It is the first browser-based system for viewing multi-dimensional light microscope image data. Eventually it may grow into an image repository, similar to what Genbank is for sequence data.


HighWire is an online publisher for hundreds of quality, scholarly journals. Many articles include videos as part of the data for their research.

To find videos:  In the "Anywhere in Text" field, search for the terms 'video supplement' plus your interested term. Articles that have matching video supplements will be found. Once you've found an article of potential interest, click on the "Supplemental Material Index" to locate the videos that are attached to the article.

For Example search: video supplement tubulin.



Explore Biodiversity is a non-profit company started in 2003 by a small group of graduate science students. The materials cover birds, plants, snakes, wildlife filmmaking, and the world's biomes.

Example topics: frog encounter, bugs galore, Denali national park, etc.

The Wild Classroom & Explore Biodiversity

The Wild Classroom is a non-profit organization based in Washington state. This site provides teachers with biodiversity videos for use in their classrooms. Explore Biodiversity was founded as an educator's resource and The Wild Classroom as an outreach portal- often the sites cross-link.

Example topics: World's deadliest snakes, grasslands and prairies, alpine tundra, rainforest, tropical savanna, etc.

General Video Site that include Biological Videos

Several popular video sites are being used by many researchers to post videos of cell processes, animations, lectures, and more. They are not usually hierarchically organized by subject or topic, but keyword searching may be successful.
Caution: Frequently researchers do not provide enough identity information to determine who they are -- their name, affiliation, or the parameters of the experiment that produced the video; use these videos with caution.

You Tube 

You Tube carries varieties of videos that vary in length, quality, and usefulness. Through specific keyword searches and proper adjustments based on materials' information, you may find many useful biology-related videos.

    * First, search a term you are interested, e.g. neuron.
    * Next, choose a video from the search results. A frame with a yellow "subscribe" sign on the upper right contains author's information (by clicking 'From') and the viewed video's detail information (by clicking 'more info').
    * You may also find other videos in similar topics from 'Related Video'.
    * Caution: Frequently researchers do not provide enough information to determine who they are -- their name, affiliation, or the parameters of the experiment that produced the video; use these videos with caution.

Google Video

This site has videos from variable resources. You can search an interesting term, e.g. neuron. Below each video will show you what's the resource of this video. A window to the right of the video will show other related videos.

Caution: Frequently researchers do not provide enough information to determine who they are -- their name, affiliation, or the parameters of the experiment that produced the video; use these videos with caution.