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Interference microscopy of normal and cancer cells in tissue culture.

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The film first compares normal cell behaviour; the activities of normal chick heart fibroblasts and neoplastic tissue cells as seen by the interference microscope. The section on Cultures of Epithelium is credited to M. Abercrombie, E. J. Ambrose, P. C. T. Jones, K. G. Moreman and A. L. Levene.

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1 encoded moving image (15:10 min.) : sound, colour



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Institute of Cancer Research

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In English

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By M. Abercrombie of University College, London and E. J. Ambrose of Chester Beatty Research Institute, Institute of Cancer Research, London. Assistance in culturing and filming from D. M. Easty, Chester Beatty Research Institute, H. M. Karthausen, J. E. M. Heaysman, University College. Photographic advice from K. G. Moreman, F. E. Speed, Chester Beatty Research Institute


Almost identical in content to the 1955 Abercrombie and Ambrose film 'Cells in Culture'; this film is better quality (less magenta). The films are synchronous for approximately the first 3 minutes 30 seconds then divert to streaming of packed group cells (1955) and formation of contacts (1958). At 6 minutes 32 seconds/9 minutes 30 seconds the films resynch at the mouse muscle sequence and then later digress. The later 1958 film has the additional section on the epithelium.


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