Posted Oct 18, 2016
Published by Adam Hadhazy, for the Office of Engineering, Communications, Princeton University

Princeton researchers, including senior co-author Ned Wingreen, have for the first time revealed the mechanics of how bacteria build up slimy masses, called biofilms, cell by cell, in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Sept 6.  When encased in biofilms in the human body, bacteria are a thousand times less susceptible to antibiotics, making certain infections, such as pneumonia, difficult to treat and potentially lethal.

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