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Catalog Number 91.0001.096
Title Glass Blowing Associates, Inc. Leighton Tube
Description Glass test tubes with indent about 3/4 down. One flat side after this so the tube doesn’t roll. Paper tucked inside with pencilled, "Mr. Schilling, a sample," and typed "Glass Blowing Associates, Inc." with address. Inside a test tube with clear screw-on plastic cap.

91.0001.096.01 - Viewing tube
91.0001.096.02 - Insert tube
91.0001.096.03 - Plastic top
Object Name Tube, Culture
Collection Wilton Earle Collection
Accession number 91.0001.096
Caption Glass Blowing Associates, Inc. Leighton Tube
Catalog date 2007-06-05
Catalog type History
Provenance Dr. Wilton Earle pioneered processes for growing cells in culture during the 1930-1950s to study how cells become cancerous. He developed a three-dimensional culture containing multi-layered cellophane sheets or glass helices for growing clones of a single cell. From "Dr. Earle, World Expert on Tissue Culture, Dies. Served NCI Since 1937," NIH Record, June 16, 1964, page 7: "Dr. Earle made many significant contributiions to the deveopment of tissue culture science and technology. His contributions were outstanding in improving tissue culture techniques and in advancing the purposes for which long-term, large-scale cell culture could be used in medical research, specifically in cancer research. He was a pioneer in demonstrating that carcinogenesis occurs in vitro."

Developed by Dr. Joseph Leighton, who worked at the National Cancer Institute from 1951-1955, this tube enables cells to grow on a microscope slide. The tube is separated from the neck by an indent or dam to keep the medium in.
Other Name Viewing Tube
Number of images 1
Updated 2012-09-17
Condition Very Good
Organizations NIH, NCI, Tissue Culture Section
Buildings Building 6
NIH Property # none
Old NIH Property # none
Serial # none
People Earle, Wilton Robinson
Sanford, Katherine H.
Schilling, Edward L.