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medical illustration of A pop art rendering of Condensin, a protein complex responsible for chromosome assembly, published on the cover of Molecular Cell.
medical illustration of Bacteriophage burst from an infected cell.
medical illustration of A cover image published in Cell magazine showing the unique highly fractured genome structure of Oxytricha, a ciliate protozoan.
medical illustration of A cross-section of a SARS-CoV-2 virus particle revealing the nucleocapsid-covered RNA genome inside.
medical illustration of A rendering of a nanophotonic chip device called a photoreceptor array.
medical illustration of A depiction of a calcium-permeable AMPA receptors (CP-AMPAR). Venom from the Argiope Lobata spider disables this receptor.
medical illustration of The cover of
medical illustration of A cover published in Neuron magazine about  behaviorially selective neurological pathways inside the motor cortex.
medical illustration of A cover concept for a research paper focusing on the strategies neurons use to form synaptic connections in the spinal cord.
medical illustration of A cover concept featuring a Rad51 filament and the proteins in solution that help to stabilize it during disruption by motor proteins.
medical illustration of A Hilma af Klint-inspired illustration depicting the alternative muscle pairs in the forearm of a mouse.
medical illustration of A cover concept highlighting the molecular structure of the heat-activated ion channel protein TRPV3.
medical illustration of An illustration about alternative sensory modalities in humans.
medical illustration of An editorial illustration created for Science for the People magazine about the cooperative international efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
medical illustration of An illustrated cover concept about the various types of ribosomal RNA on the outer surface of ribosomes and their biophysical roles.
medical illustration of A cover concept showing the approximate structure of Cas9 bound to a target DNA sequence.
medical animation of A short looping video of neuron activity.
medical animation of Looping animation of DNA strands vibrating with thermal energy.
medical animation of An excerpt of animations created for a Columbia University promotional video titled
medical animation of Looping background video created for the NYU Center for Psychedelic Medicine.
medical animation of Looping background video displaying the mechanism of dlight1, a genetically encoded dopamine sensor.
medical animation of A mechanism-of-action video detailing how non-homologous end-joining is used to create different classes of immunoglobulins.


Secret Molecule is a graphic design and animation studio that specializes in rendering the hidden world of biochemistry. We help researchers, educators, and journalists tell their science stories with the beauty and clarity of animation.


Animation, Cartoon, Color, Design, Line with Color, 3D, Microscopy


Allergy / Immunology, Alternative Medicine, Anatomy, Biology, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell biology / Histology, Disease Management, Embryology, Entomology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Natural History, Natural Science / Nature, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Ornithology, Pharmacology, Veterinary Medicine, Virology, Mechanism of Action (MOA), Health & Wellness, Pathology