A picture says 1000 words -- and a movie even more. However, 1000 words in science can be quite uninformative if they do not accurately reflect reality; this is a major concern in determining the scientific value of molecular movies. Consequently a key distinction needs to be made between the usefulness of those molecular movies which are based on a significant amount of accurate information, and other often larger scale movies, depicting sizable assemblies, where substantial information gaps are only speculatively filled in.
Dov Greenbaum, JD PhD & Mark Gerstein, PhD
Unpublished letter in response to:
Erik Olsen's "Where Cinema and Biology Meet," NY Times, November 16, 2010