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Cells in culture.

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Also known as

Interference microscopy of living cells in tissue culture


The opening sequences are of normal cell behaviour in colour. Isolated cells showing active movement. Streaming of packed cells - movement. Contact inhibition. Mouse muscle fibroblasts. Abnormal behaviour of tumour cells. Normal behaviour of cells. The End credit.


England : University College London, 1955.

Physical description

1 videocassette (Digibeta) (12 min.) : silent, colour, PAL.
1 DVD (12 min.) : silent, colour, PAL.


This film was made under the supervision of Michael Abercrombie who was the primary investigator in the laboratory at the time.
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.

Creator/production credits

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

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University College, London



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