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In Focus, Out of Step: A Biography of Frederick William Twort F.R.S. 1877-1950 (Biography, Letters & Diaries) Hardcover – July 1, 1993


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  • Series: Biography, Letters & Diaries
  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Pub Ltd; First Edition edition (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750903279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750903271
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,191,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A loving, meticulously researched, and critical biography of Frederick William "Peter" Twort by his son, Antony Twort. The elder Twort, working with George Ingram, was the first to publish (1912) a method for isolating and culturing the extremely fastidious Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, the bacterium that causes Johne's disease, or chronic dysentery of cattle. He was also the independent co-discoverer, along with Félix d'Hérelle, of bacteriophage (viruses that prey upon bacteria), and the first to publish a report (1915) on the subject. After these initial successes, which earned him a Fellowship in the Royal Society, he spent the rest of his increasingly unhappy professional life trying to find conditions under which viruses, which he thought to be a primitive life form, would grow independently of their host cells, and engaging in endless skirmishes with the bureaucracy that funded his research. He was forced into retirement after his laboratory was bombed during World War II. Supplemented with 25 pages of black-and-white photos, one drawing, a facsimile reproduction of the 1915 paper "An Investigation on the Nature of Ultra-Microscopic Viruses," and an excellent index. For a biography of Félix d'Hérelle see Félix d'Hérelle and the Origins of Molecular Biology by William C. Summers (Yale University Press, 1999).
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