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A Surface Contact Microscope for the study of Cell Movements


THE importance of the contacts formed by moving cells in controlling their behaviour has been clearly shown in the phenomenon of contact guidance described by Weiss1 and in contact inhibition described by Abercrombie and Heaysman2.


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    Weiss, P., “Principles of Development” (Henry Holt and Co., NewYork, 1939).

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    Abercrombie, M., and Heaysman, J. E. M., Exp. Cell Res., 5, 111 (1953); 6, 293 (1954).

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AMBROSE, E. A Surface Contact Microscope for the study of Cell Movements. Nature 178, 1194 (1956).

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