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Cell biologist Janet Iwasa studied alongside Hollywood animators to bring film industry tools to the study of biology, reports The New York Times. "The ability to animate really gives biologists a chance to think about things in a whole new way," says Iwasa, a molecular animator at Harvard Medical School. Her colleague Tomas Kirchhausen says that animation helps him to determine whether what he thinks is going on makes sense.

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