RESEARCH: The Time-Lapse Movie

At Chicago's Abbott Laboratories last week, researchers sat in fascination watching the first action film of a microorganism being killed by one of the new antibiotic wonder drugs. The drug, fumagillin, killed the amoeba which causes the dread amoebic dysentery (see MEDICINE) by making it explode.

The film was' the latest of many by which its maker, gangling (6 ft. 4), shy John Nash Ott Jr., 43, has developed a valuable new research tool for U.S. industry. Its name: "time-lapse" photography, i.e., film sequences taken at regular intervals to catch the actual growth...

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