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Biofilms Invade Microbiology

Science  27 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5283, pp. 1795-1797
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5283.1795

Summary

After focusing on free-floating bacteria for decades, microbiologists are now realizing that in nature, bacteria often aggregate in biofilms—clumps of microbes surrounded by slime and stuck to a surface. Biofilms foul pipes, contaminate medical implants, and sometimes even kill humans, for these tough microbial communities can resist antibiotics and the immune system.

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