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Biofilms: Building bacterial cities

Biofilms: Building bacterial cities. University of Dundee
Team Dundee, from left to right: Dr Laura Hobley, Dr Emma Bissett, Ms Erin Hardee, Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall and Dr Emma Sheils. Sofia Ferreira not shown. Image: University of Dundee
Team Dundee, from left to right: Dr Laura Hobley, Dr Emma Bissett, Ms Erin Hardee, Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall and Dr Emma Sheils. Sofia Ferreira not shown. Image: University of Dundee

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The science behind the exhibit

Bacteria are single-celled organisms that form large, social communities called biofilms. A commonly encountered example of a biofilm is dental plaque. Bacteria within a biofilm are encased in a self-produced, "sticky coat", the biofilm matrix. This matrix protects cells within the biofilm from both physical and chemical stress and means that biofilms are often impervious to antibiotics. Therefore biofilms have profound global effects on human health and in various medical and industrial sectors. Understanding how biofilms form is critical to the development of novel antibiotics and to harnessing the power of the social biofilm community for beneficial purposes.

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