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Biological Mistakes in Movies

Postby BigRedBear » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:35 pm

For extra credit, my biology teacher has challanged us to find mistakes in movies regarding biology. They can't be obvious, sci-fi types of mistakes that intentionally require a suspension of belief(For instance, saying Spiderman is a biological impossibility doesn't count.). It's supposed to be something that the movie was trying to explain/do correctly, but did it incorrectly.

One example was in A Few Good Men, where there was a wrong explanation about fermentation. After hours of scouring the internet, I found one; in Mission Impossible II, they show a virus replicating. . . in red blood cells.

If anyone knows any mistakes like the ones mentioned above, I would very much appreciate a recomendation. Thanks so much!
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Postby mith » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:09 am

any show/movie that shows dna when viewed through a microscope.
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Postby canalon » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:29 am

CSI is full of mistakes and head banging moments, and not just for biologists.
The twelve monkeys. When the guy release the virus a the airport from an empty vial
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Postby biohazard » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:07 am

There was a movie where a scientist looked at Ebola viruses with an electron microscope and saw them moving and squirming about, although nothing moves in an electorn microsocope since the samples are fixed - and viruses don't "move" anyway. I'll give you the name if I can recall it!
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Re: Biological Mistakes in Movies

Postby Dougalbod » Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:59 am

In an episode of Buffy, Willow examines a specimen through a light microscope and exclaims 'cellulose!'
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Re: Biological Mistakes in Movies

Postby BigRedBear » Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:31 am

Thanks everyone! I'm gonna go hunting now. Feel free to keep 'em comin, though. :)
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Postby david23 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:58 pm

i always found the biology/chemistry in stargate sg1/atlantis tv series to be really stupid. anyone here watch that?

actually the physics and engineering there was worse

Oh anyone here watches Heroes, the tv shows? It's like x-men. That tv series is full of mistakes, it's like a goldmine unscientific things.
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Postby JackBean » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:37 am

like? :)
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Re: Biological Mistakes in Movies

Postby david23 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:54 am

oh lets also not forget the zombie movies like resident evil. Thats pretty self explanatory.
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Re: Biological Mistakes in Movies

Postby BigRedBear » Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:03 pm

Bump! I'm still lookin'. :)
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Postby mith » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:47 pm

oh yeah just remembered, jurassic park. especially the part about having amphibians dna being more closely related than birds.
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Re: Biological Mistakes in Movies

Postby BigRedBear » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:38 am

Hey guys! Thanks for all your suggestions. We've entered a new semester and the teacher is still taking extra cred, so any more ideas?
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