Caught on film

Scummy surface layers known as biofilms can coat everything from teeth to pacemakers. In addition to the yuck factor, these slimy fortresses offer a menacing safe haven for deadly bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus. Michelle Pflumm reports on new vaccines that aim to prevent microbes from building biofilms in the first place.

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Pflumm, M. Caught on film. Nat Med 17, 650–652 (2011).

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