Slimy business—the biotechnology of biofilms

New insight into the biology of biofilms is spawning novel commercial strategies for treating the intractable infections they cause.

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Figure 1: The five stages of bacterial biofilm formation.

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Figure 2: Confocal micrographic reconstruction of bacterial biofilm infection (green) on the epithelial cells (red) in the middle ear of a chinchilla, as detected by Live/Dead stain.


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Schachter, B. Slimy business—the biotechnology of biofilms. Nat Biotechnol 21, 361–365 (2003).

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