Dividing Normal Adult Rat Fibroblasts in Tissue Cultures (1939)

15 Dec
Director  W.H. Lewis
Producer  Dept. of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington
Length  5 min
B&W/Color  b&w
UO Library Catalog description:
Call # FILM Ma108
Genre  instructional
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  no


“Between the 1910s and 1930s, Warren Harmon Lewis (together with his wife and colleague Margaret Lewis) developed methods of tissue culture and means of observation which revolutionized the field of cytology. While still at the Anatomical Laboratory at Johns Hopkins (1903-1919), the Lewises prepared a simple fluid which enabled them to grow cells in culture dishes and thus observe previously hidden details of cell structure and physiological activities. They continued their cytological studies at the Embryology Department of the Carnegie Institution (located in Baltimore) until their move to the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia after 1940.” link     Lewis, a co-author of the textbook Anatomy of the Human Body, made several more short films of his observations. It appears that all are in the UO collection.

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