Harry Eagle


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Eagle, Harry

(1906–92) medical biologist; born in New York City. After taking his medical degree at Johns Hopkins, he taught and researched there (1927–47), then went to the National Institutes of Health (1947–61) where he headed various sections; he then joined the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1961–88). Perhaps the best known achievement of his productive career was his formulation (in 1959) of the essential compounds needed to sustain the reproduction of human and other mammalian cells in test tubes; known as "Eagle's growth medium," it opened the way for new research on viruses, cancer, and genetic defects. He also made notable discoveries about the process of blood clotting, the treatment of arsenic poisoning, and a cure for African sleeping sickness.
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Antibiotics as well, which have been in greater circulation in recent years, have been known to produce the "Eagle effect" - a phenomenon named after Harry Eagle, the physician who first noticed that when bacteria are exposed to antibiotics for a long enough time, their population rates not only stabilize; they increase.
The spectra shown in Figure 1 are from a Minimum Essential Medium formulated by Harry Eagle, which is one of the most commonly used synthetic cell culture media.
Eric Mann contacted Harry Eagle, general manager of Vermeer Mid Atlantic, for information about the system's capabilities.