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Antibiotics under the microscope.

Nicholas, Simon C.
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About this work


A film which describes how the medium of film has been instrumental in the study of bacteria; a gram negative bacteria is shown magnified many times. Photographic techniques help in analysing the differing effects of antibiotics on bacteria. It is explained that there are two kinds of bacteria; bacteriostatic and bactericidal. The action of antibiotics is described. Timelapse photography shows e-coli multiplying and then after the action of different groups of antibiotics. Their cellular structure is illustrated graphically. Dr George Rollinson has led a research study looking at the speed of the action of antibiotics and the synthetic penicillins. Some of the research is carried out using video-ing and then subsequently using cinefilm. The specifics of their appearance are described over time after exposure to various agents; ampicillin, amoxycillin. The pros and cons of each antibiotic are summarised.



Physical description

1 videocassette (18:32 min.) (DIGIBETA) : 1 videocassette (18:32 min.) (Beta SP) : 1 DVD (18:32 min.) : sound, colour sound, colour sound, colour ; 12 cm

Copyright note

Access copy.

Creator/production credits

Produced for Bencard by Little King Productions Ltd. Directed by Simon Nicholas.



  • English

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